Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Loyola nursing research symposium to take place in Rome

Speakers to address transforming nursing practice, education and policy

MAYWOOD, Ill.– The 26th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium will bring the latest information in nursing research to an international audience of health-care professionals in Rome, Italy. The theme is “Pushing the Boundaries: Exploring Research Frontiers to Transform Nursing Practice, Education and Policy.” The event will take place from May 15 – 16, 2014 at Centro Studi Americani located at Via Michelangelo Caetani, 32-00186.

“For decades, this event has addressed matters seminal to nursing research, education, administration, policy and clinical practice,” said Linda Janusek, PhD, RN, FAAN, 2014 Symposium Scientific Program Chair and Professor and Niehoff Endowed Chair for Research, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “We look forward to expanding global collaboration among nurse scientists and  health-care leaders to more effectively address international health issues.”

Keynote speaker Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, will present “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” based on an Institute of Medicine Report that she co-chaired. Dr. Burnes Bolton will discuss the impact this report has had on nursing. She also will share her vision on how nurse scientists and educators can chart new directions to transform nursing practice and positively affect change in health care. Dr. Burnes Bolton is vice chair of the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing. She also is vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.

Suzanne Prevost, RN, PhD, will open the second day with a keynote address on creative strategies to foster international collaboration among nurse scientists and educators to advance nursing practice and improve global health. Dr. Prevost was president of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing from 2011 – 2013. She also is dean and professor at University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Dr. Burnes Bolton and Dr. Prevost will join a respected panel of speakers. Their presentations will explore innovative research that contributes to transformation of health outcomes, nursing practice, education and policy; disseminate research that promotes excellence in global health care; create opportunities for international and trans-disciplinary collaboration in research to advance health; provide an international forum to discuss health-related research and evidence-based practice; and engage international scholars in a dialogue of research affecting practice.

Nurses, nurse practitioners, educators, physicians, administrators, health-care professionals and students are welcome to attend the symposium, which will include poster sessions.

The event is sponsored by the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is the approved provider of continuing nursing education for this event. LUHS (OH-346) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurse’s Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours will be offered for this program. The symposium was established from the Ruth K. Palmer Memorial Endowment: a gift of dean emeritus Gladys Kiniery in memory of her beloved sister. 

For more information, visit the Palmer Symposium page or email Palmer_Symposium@LUC.edu. To register, visit www.LUC.edu/palmer.