Loyola’s research symposium brings international nursing community to Rome
The 26th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium, “Pushing the Boundaries: Exploring Research Frontiers to Transform Nursing Practice, Education, and Policy,” was held May 15–16 at the Centro Studi Americani in Rome. Presenters, panelists, and attendees represented 10 U.S. states and four countries. Speakers addressed emerging issues in nursing research and engaged participants to discuss global health challenges.
“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.
Keynote speaker Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, presented “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” based on an Institute of Medicine Report that she co-chaired. Dr. Burnes Bolton discussed the impact this report has had on nursing, and shared 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, opened 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.
Nola Pender, PhD, RN, FAAN, gave the closing address, “Transforming Environments: Future Directions for Health Policy and Practice.” Dr. Pender is a Distinguished Professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and Professor Emerita at University of Michigan School of Nursing.
Drs. Burnes Bolton, Prevost, and Pender joined a respected panel of speakers. Their presentations explored innovative research that contributes to transformation of health outcomes, nursing practice, education, and policy; disseminated research that promotes excellence in global health care; created opportunities for international and trans-disciplinary collaboration in research to advance health; provided an international forum to discuss health-related research and evidence-based practice; and engaged international scholars in a dialogue of research affecting practice.
The event was sponsored by the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The symposium was established from the Ruth K. Palmer Memorial Endowment: a gift of dean emeritus Gladys Kiniery in memory of her beloved sister.