Thursday, March 8, 2012

26th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Symposium Will Feature Latest Nursing Research

Speakers to address improving health through self-management

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The 26th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium will bring the latest information in nursing research to area health-care professionals. This event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Loyola University Health System’s John & Herta Cuneo Center, located at 2160 S. First Ave., in Maywood.

Keynote speaker Rachel Schiffman, PhD, RN, FAAN, will present “Improving Health through the Science of Self-Management: Collaborative Approaches.” Dr. Schiffman is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor-Director of the Self-Management Science Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“Nurses will play a critical role in teaching patients self-management strategies necessary in our changing health-care environment,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, Dean, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “This symposium will allow us to educate health-care providers about techniques to improve the care of patients."

Dr. Schiffman will join a respected panel of speakers. The goal of their presentations will be to: report on research that provides innovative approaches to assist individuals with self-regulation skills for their health; translate evidence for the practice of self-management strategies that will promote health; and stimulate the development of cost-effective, multidisciplinary approaches to instill self-management behaviors that promote quality of life.

Nurses, nurse practitioners, educators, administrators, health-care professionals and students are invited to attend the symposium presentations. Poster sessions also will be available throughout the day. This event will be sponsored by the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Nursing Services, the Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and Loyola University Health System (LUHS).

LUHS is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity is being presented without the provision of commercial support and without bias or conflict of interest from the planners and presenters.

This activity will offer five contact hours for nursing. The symposium was established from the Ruth K. Palmer Memorial Endowment: a gift of dean emeritus Gladys Kiniery in memory of her beloved sister.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.