Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Palmer Symposium

Each year, health care professionals gather to share the latest information in research at the Ruth K. Palmer Symposium. For decades, this event has addressed matters seminal to nursing research, education, administration, policy, and clinical practice.

The 2018 Ruth K. Palmer RESEARCH Symposium

“The Intersection of Research & Health: Translation, Innovation, Collaboration and Engagement.”

Friday, March 23, 2018  7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Center for Translational Research and Education 2160 S. First Ave, Maywood, IL

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Elizabeth Bridges, PhD 

Title: Translating Research Into Practice - What Does That Really Mean?

2018 Palmer Symposium Speaker

Dr. Elizabeth Bridges is a Professor and clinical researcher at the University of Washington School and the Clinical Nurse Researcher at the University of Washington Medical Center. She is also a retired Colonel, USAFR Nurse Corps, with over 34 years of nursing experience as a critical care nurse. Dr Bridges is an applied scientist, conducting research on the care of critically ill/injured during long distance transport and the integration of hemodynamics into the care of critically ill patients. She is also a passionate advocate for translating research into practice, both as a scientist and in her role as a Clinical Nurse Researcher, where she works with nurses from all practice settings to bring evidence to the point of care.


Friday, March 23, 2018  7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Center for Translational Research and Education, Auditorium
Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus
2160 S. First Ave

Maywood, IL 60153
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2018 Palmer Symposium

Schedule of Events

Morning Session

7:45- 8:30 AM Registration
Continental Breakfast and Poster Viewing

8:30- 8:45 AM Welcome

  • Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Dean and Professor
    Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
    Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
    Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Margaret Callahan, PhD, CRNA, FNAP, FAAN
    Health Sciences Division
    Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Karen Anderson, RN, MBA, MSN
    Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, 
    Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

8:45- 9:45 AM Keynote Address
Translating Research Into Practice - What Does That Really Mean?

  • Elizabeth Bridges PhD, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN
    Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics
    University of Washington School of Nursing
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA

9:45 – 10:15 AM Break and Poster Viewing
10:15-10:45 AM “Mind the (Evidence) Gap in Antibiotic Prescribing

  • Katie Suda, PharmD, MS
    Research Associate Professor, 
    Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy
    Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research 
    College of Pharmacy
    University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

10:45 – 11:15 AM Body Composition: A New Era of Nutrition Assessment and Outcomes Research

  • Patricia Sheean, PhD, RD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Health Promotion
    Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
    Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
    Maywood, IL

11:15 - 11:30 AM Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Beta Chapter Award

11:30 – 12:30 PM Lunch (provided)
Stritch School of Medicine, room 150

Afternoon Session

12:30 -1:00 PM Physical Activity Research Using a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART)

  • Susan Weber Buchholz PhD, RN, FAANP
    Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing
    Rush University College of Nursing
    Rush University, Chicago, IL

1:00- 1:30 PM Screening for Alcohol Misuse: Pre-clinical Studies with Biomarkers to Bedside Implementation with Artificial Intelligence

  • Majid Afshar, MD, MS
    Assistant Professor
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    Public Health Sciences
    Stritch School of Medicine
    Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
    Maywood, IL

1:30- 1:45 Break

1:45-2:15 The Process of Developing an Asthma App for College Students

  • Panel Discussion:
    • Ann Andreoni DNP, PNP, RN
    • Gail Baura, PhD
    • Desiree Hoffman MSN, RN
    • Eric Roberts DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-BC
    • Jessica Shore PhD, RN
    • Barbara Velsor-Friedrich PhD, RN, FAAN

Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

2:15 to 3:00 Poster Blitz

  • A Critical Care Outreach Algorithm to Optimize Post-ICU Assessment Jonathan “Kipp” Shipley, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC-CMC, Rush University
  • Relationship Among Sleep Quality, Psychological Well-Being, and Inflammation Across Pregnancy Karen Kotz, PhD, APN, NNP-BC, Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurses Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Related to Mother’s Milk and Breastfeeding: An Integrative Review Kathleen Piotrowski-Walters, RN, MSN, PCNS-BC, CCR, Rush University
  • Violence Related Behaviors in High School Freshman Adriane VanZwoll, MJ, LCSW, Loyola University Chicago
  • Analgesic Effects of Breast Milk Compared to Oral Sucrose Solution in Preterm Neonates Undergoing Minor Painful Procedures: A Randomized, Single-Blind Trial Margaret M. Naber, MSN, APN, NNP-BC, Loyola University Medical Center
  • The Importance of Substance Use Screening Within A Family Practice Medical Center Christina Jones, MSW, LCSW, Loyola Center for Health on Roosevelt

3:00- 3:15 PM Conference Wrap- Up

Questions: Please email to Palmer_Symposium@luc.edu