Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Palmer Symposium

Each year, health care professionals, including nurses, physicians, and researchers from Chicago and the Midwest gather to share the latest in research at the Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium. For decades, this event has addressed issues critical to nursing research, education, administration, policy, and clinical practice.

The 2020 Ruth K. Palmer RESEARCH Symposium

“Advancing the Science of Caring: Cura Personalis in a Technological Era”

Friday, March 13, 2020 
7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Center for Translational Research and Education, Auditorium
2160 S. First Ave, Maywood, IL

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Carol Jorgensen Huston, MSN, DPA, FAAN

Emerging Technologies in Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Carol Huston has taught at California State University (CSU), Chico, since 1982 and was the Director of its School of Nursing from 2010 to 2015. Today, she teaches part-time as a Professor Emerita. Dr. Huston has authored seven textbooks (23 editions) on leadership and management (as well as professional issues in nursing), published more than 100 articles, and presented at more than 300 health care conferences worldwide. In addition, she was president of Sigma Theta Tau International and has served as the Chair of the Enloe Medical Center (Chico, CA) Board of Trustees since 2016.


Register for the 2020 Palmer Research Symposium

Poster and presentation abstracts

Researchers, educators, practitioners, administrators, and students are invited to submit an abstract for a poster presentation. Poster presentations will be competitively selected based on scholarship and scientific rigor. Poster topics do not need to be related to the theme of the Palmer Symposium. One person may submit multiple abstracts. 

Abstracts are due January 17, 2020. Please submit your abstract online.

This information will be needed when you submit the abstract online:

Abstracts (excluding title, authors, and keywords) should not exceed 350 words.

  • Corresponding (contact) author name and email address
  • Title of abstract (not to exceed 256 characters)
  • First and last names of each author and corresponding primary institution name, city and state
    • Abstract
    • Purpose of study
    • Background and significance
    • Methods
    • Analysis
    • Results
    • Conclusions and Implications
  • Up to 3 abstract keywords
  • This year we will choose several abstracts to take part in a Poster Blitz in which authors will provide a 5-minutes oral presentation (using PowerPoint slides) to the general audience. This is in addition to the written poster. Please indicate if you are interested in being considered for the Poster Blitz.

The corresponding (contact) author will be notified by email of acceptance by February 15, 2020.

Program Outcomes

Participants will gain understanding of research that highlights the critical issues around human caring in an era of rapid growth in healthcare technology and will identify at least one topic learned during the conference.

Loyola University Health System is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001- 91). This program is offered for a total of 5.25 contact hours for nursing. No partial contact hours are offered. All speakers and the planning committee members have declared no conflict of interest. ONA guidelines require all three of the following criteria to be met in order for the learner to receive the contact hours offered for this educational activity: (1) Learner’s signature on the attendance sheet, (2) Learner’s attendance and participation in all program activities, and (3) Learner submits a completed evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who attend this program can earn up to 5.25 contact hours for continuing education upon submission to Commission of Dietetic Registration for approval.

Schedule of Events

Check back for an updated schedule of events.

If you have questions, please email to Palmer_Symposium@luc.edu.