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SN alumni sponsor research conference

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A panel discussion was held to answer attendees� questions on �Fairness andAccess to Quality Health Care.� Pictured, from left, are Gerald Winslow,PhD, moderator; Patti Herring, PhD; Adey Nyamathi, RN, PhD, FAAN; MarthaHill, RN, PhD, FAAN; and Lois Van Cleve, RN, PhD, FAAN.
As a gift to commemorate the School of Nursing’s centennial celebration, the golden anniversary class of 1955 sponsored a research conference that focused on global health.

Held Thursday, March 31, in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center, the conference was titled “Global Health: Providing Quality Care with Evidence-Based Nursing Practice.”

“Global health is a broad concept,” says Patricia Foster, RN, PhD, emeritus professor, School of Nursing, and coordinator of the centennial research conference. Dr. Foster is also a member of the class of 1955.

“Issues of inequality, vulnerable populations, and access to quality care are components of that concept. Providing health care using research-based

(evidence-based) information is recognized and is being utilized throughout the world.”

Conference objectives were to: give examples of research evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in health care; discuss the impact of health disparities on global health; describe nursing strategies to improve health care in vulnerable populations; explain how using evidence-based nursing practice can improve the process and outcomes of patient care; and examine ways practitioners can make health care decisions that are equitable, accountable, and effective.

“This conference was a generous gift to the School of Nursing from the class of 1955,” remarks Helen King, RN, PhD, dean of the School of Nursing. “We appreciate the opportunity this conference gave us to highlight nursing research and its contribution to the science of caring.”

Keynote speaker for the conference was Martha Hill, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Hill presented “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Ethnic an
Patricia Foster, PhD, emeritus professor, School of Nursing
Patricia Foster, PhD, emeritus professor, School of Nursing, and coordinator of the conference, welcomes attendees to the research conference.
d Racial Disparities in Health.”

Dr. Hill is internationally known for her work and research in preventing and treating hypertension and its complications in young urban African American men. She has more than 125 publications on this and related subjects. She was president of the American Heart Association from 1997 to 1998 and is the first non-physician to hold that position. She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of both the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

Other presenters were Marita Titler, RN, PhD, FAAN, director of research, quality, and outcomes management, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, who presented “An Overview of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice,” and Adey Nyamathi, RN, PhD, FAAN, Audrienne  Moseley professor of community health research and associate dean for academic affairs, School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who presented “Improving the Health of Homeless Populations.”

Dr. Titler is widely recognized for her expertise in teaching and research in evidence-based nursing care. Her research focuses on translational research and interventions to improve outcomes of patients with chronic illnesses, and the dissemination of evidence-based practice guidelines for the elderly patient. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has served as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Nyamathi’s research and publications emphasize the cognitive, social, and behavioral factors that promote and foster coping and adaptation as they relate to vulnerable populations. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named the first Audrienne Moseley professor of community health research at UCLA in recognition of her exceptional efforts in disease prevention and intervention among homeless and impoverished adults.

In the afternoon, a panel discussion was held to discuss “Fairness and Access to Quality Health Care.” Drs. Hill and Nyamathi took part in the discussion along with Lois Van Cleve, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and associate dean of the graduate program in nursing, School of Nursing, LLU.

Also represented on the panel was Patti Herring, PhD, assistant professor of health promotion and education, School of Public Health.

“There are obvious disparities in access that exist in our society, not to mention the rest of the world,” says Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice chancellor for spiritual life & wholeness, and professor of Christian ethics, Loma Linda University. Dr. Winslow served as moderator on the panel.

“The primary goal of the panel was to help participants understand the complexities involved in basing decisions on sound evidence and then translating these decisions into the provision of health care that is equitably accessible,” says Dr. Winslow.

“With this goal, so far as I’m concerned, is the hope that people left the session more committed to finding better ways to overcome the incredible health care disparities we see all around us.”

As the first school established within Loma Linda University, the School of Nursing has been offering nursing education since 1905. In 1907, the first class to graduate included five women and two men. In harmony with LLU and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the School of Nursing believes that the aim of education and health care is the development of wholeness in those served. Today the School of Nursing offers programs on the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Approximately 6,000 alumni of the School of Nursing have served or are serving in health care institutions and communities around the nation and the world.

TODAY news for Thursday, May 5, 2005