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2017 NINR Director's Lecture - Dr. Kate Lorig: "Chronic Disease Self-Management—Evidence, Instruments, Translation, and Beyond"

May 23, 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am

On May 23, 2017, Kate Lorig, DrPH presented the second 2017 NINR Director’s Lecture on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In her talk, "Chronic Disease Self-Management—Evidence, Instruments, Translation, and Beyond," Dr. Lorig discussed the effectiveness of low cost self-management interventions for reducing symptoms and improving quality of life. She also explored the role of self-efficacy as a predictor and moderator of outcomes.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Lorig is a professor emerita at the Stanford School of Medicine. Her research has focused on the development and evaluation of self-management programs in English and Spanish for people with chronic diseases. This work has been supported by NINR, as well as other NIH Institutes, government agencies, and foundations. Dr. Lorig’s programs are delivered in small groups, via mail and the Internet. The interventions are used in more than 30 countries and have been attended by more than one million people.

Dr. Kate Lorig holds a BS in Nursing from Boston University, an MS from the University of California San Francisco, and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile.

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2017 NINR Director's Lecture - Dr. Linda Aiken: "Nursing’s Impact on Patient Outcomes"

March 02, 2017 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Linda H. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, presented the first 2017 NINR Director’s Lecture on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In her talk, "Nursing’s Impact on Patient Outcomes," Dr. Aiken described her program of research which shows that nurses with higher levels of qualifications, fewer patients to care for, and improved working environments have better patient outcomes.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Linda H. Aiken is the Claire Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Aiken conducts research on the use of performance measures to demonstrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes, and is the author of more than 300 scientific papers. Her research awards include the Baxter Health Services Research Prize, the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award, the Individual Codman Award from the Joint Commission, and the National Academy of Medicine’s 2014 Lienhard Award for the cumulative impact of her research on the improvement of personal health services. She has directed studies of the impact of nursing on patient outcomes in over 30 countries. Dr. Aiken is a former President of the American Academy of Nursing, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

About the Event:

The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience.

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2016 NINR Director’s Lecture "Evidence-based Interventions to Address Health Disparities in Cancer"

November 01, 2016 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, Dr. Sandra Millon-Underwood presented the fourth 2016 NINR Director’s Lecture on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In her talk, "Evidence-based Interventions to Address Health Disparities in Cancer," Dr. Millon-Underwood described her research focusing on minority populations, including African American women with breast cancer.

About the Speaker:

Sandra Millon-Underwood PhD, RN, FAAN is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Dr. Millon-Underwood’s research focuses on cancer, including education, prevention, early detection, and risk management. Her projects target at-risk and undeserved urban, rural, and island communities. Dr. Million-Underwood has served on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils, the National Cancer Advisory Board, the National Cancer Policy Board, the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Integration Panel, and the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Expert Panel. She was the founding director of the UWM House of Peace Community Nursing Center which provides wellness classes, intensive case management, and support services for families dealing with cancer.

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NINR Director's Lecture: The Most Important Conversation We're Not Having

September 13, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Ellen Goodman presented the 2016 NINR Science and the Public Lecture. In her talk, "The Most Important Conversation We’re Not Having," Ms. Goodman described The Conversation Project, a public health campaign and a movement, that works to change the way people talk about, and prepare for their end-of-life care.

About the Speaker:

Ms. Goodman has spent most of her life chronicling social change and its impact on American life. She was one of the first women to write for the op-ed pages where she became, according to Media Watch, the most widely syndicated progressive columnist in the country. In 1980, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary. Ms. Goodman founded The Conversation Project in 2012 which is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. The Conversation Project has the audacious goal of changing our nation’s culture so that everyone’s wishes for end of life care are both expressed and respected.

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2016 NINR Director's Lecture - "Reframing Shared Decision Making at the End of Life."

May 05, 2016 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, Marie Nolan PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, presented the second of this year’s four Director’s Lectures. A video of her talk, "Reframing Shared Decision Making at the End of Life," is now available.

Dr. Nolan described her program of research on patient and family decision making in the face of critical illness. Her end-of-life research has revealed that instead of the autonomous decision making model prevalent in clinical practice and healthcare policy, most critically ill patients prefer shared decision making with their family and physician. Moreover, these preferences remain stable over time, even as health declines significantly.

Dr. Nolan is professor and executive vice dean at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She also previously directed the PhD program and is the Johns Hopkins director of the first nursing doctoral program in China, a collaboration between Peking Union Medical College and JHSON funded by the China Medical Board of New York. She is also past-president of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN). Dr. Nolan holds a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and has served on advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health regarding end-of-life care research.

The NINR Director’s Lecture Series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. For more information about the lecture, please visit: www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture.

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2016 NINR Director's Lecture: "Innovations to Improve Discharge Planning"

March 03, 2016 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, presented the first 2016 NINR Director’s Lecture, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Lipsett Amphitheater in the Clinical Center (Bldg. 10) on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In her talk, “Innovations to Improve Discharge Planning,” Dr. Bowles described her program of research that uses information technology to improve care for older adults. Her journey began with a clinical question and includes co-founding a software company to further develop and distribute her team's work aimed at improving discharge planning and post-acute care decision making.

Updated April 19, 2016: Video of this event is now available. Please click play on the embedded video below, or watch on the NINR YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB2dAudmCvA.

Dr. Bowles has been recognized for her research and leadership achievements. Her work – which has resulted in over 200 publications and presentations - has been continuously funded for over 20 years by federal and foundation sources. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Dr. Bowles co-founded the software company RightCare Solutions based on her team’s research. NINR awarded two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants to the company, which provides an end-to-end solution for discharge planning and post-acute care referrals. Dr. Bowles holds a BSN from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an MSN from Villanova, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. Please visit www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture for more information.

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2015 NINR Director’s Lecture: "Scientific Pursuit of Effective Medication Adherence"

September 22, 2015 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In September, the National Institute of Nursing Research held the second of two 2015 NINR Director’s Lectures.

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Dr. Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented the second 2015 NINR Director’s Lecture, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Lipsett Amphitheater in the Clinical Center (Bldg. 10) on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In her talk, “Scientific Pursuit of Effective Medication Adherence," Dr. Dunbar-Jacob provided an overview of her work in adherence in chronic disease with particular attention to measurement and predictive factors.

If you missed the live event, the recording of Dr. Dunbar-Jacob’s NINR Director’s Lecture is now available on ; NINR’s YouTube channel.

Dr. Dunbar-Jacob is the Distinguished Service Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology, and Occupational Therapy. She is both a registered nurse and a licensed psychologist. As an actively funded NIH scientist of 25 years, her most recent work focuses on patient adherence and is designed to examine factors relevant to the translation of interventions to clinical settings. She is a current member of the steering committee of the Statewide Coalition to implement the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing recommendations within the state of Pennsylvania, and was named one of the top 30 most influential nursing deans.

She has served as a behavioral scientist in key multi-center clinical trials and as an NIH data and safety monitoring board member for three multi-center trials, and has participated in over 30 NIH working groups. Dr. Dunbar-Jacob is also an active member of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the American Heart Association where she holds fellow status in each. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Friends of the NINR. In the past, Dr. Dunbar-Jacob worked as a staff nurse, unit manager, nursing director, and taught nursing at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

This event was free, open to the public, and registration was not required.

The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. Please visit www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture for more information.

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2015 NINR Director's Lecture - Dr. MarySue Heilemann Presents: From the Silver Screen to the Web: Portrayals of Nursing in Media

June 24, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In June, the National Institute of Nursing Research held the first of two 2015 NINR Director’s Lectures. Dr. MarySue Heilemann, a professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, presented: "From the Silver Screen to the Web: Portrayals of Nursing in Media." In her talk, Dr. Heilemann discussed historical portrayals of nurses in print and visual media, as well as issues related to future media representations of nursing.

If you missed the live event, the recording of Dr. Heilemann’s NINR Director’s Lecture is now available on NINR’s YouTube channel.

About the Speaker:

Dr. MarySue Heilemann is an Associate Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and an internationally recognized researcher and methodologist. Her NINR-funded research interventions combined multiple modalities to increase resilience among low income, second generation Latinas in the U.S. This work led Heilemann to consider the use of media in health research and her move to the city of Los Angeles brought an unexpected role consulting with Hollywood filmmakers on the creation of nurse characters.

As an innovator on the use of media in nursing science, Dr. Heilemann initiated, organized, and moderated two national symposia which brought together nearly 300 scholars, filmmakers, nurses, media experts, actors, producers, and writers. The symposia examined historical portrayals of nurses in print and visual media in order to gain understanding and strategize efforts to influence media portrayals of nursing for the future. Together with her collaborators, she has deepened the dialogue about the effects of media stereotypes on the profession of nursing, health care, and society at large. Dr. Heilemann continues to advocate for more accurate media portrayals of nursing through collaborative efforts with scholars, activists, and Hollywood professionals.

About the Event:

Immediately following Dr. Heilemann’s lecture, the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) displayed a special selection from the Zwerdling Postcard Collection outside of Lipsett Amphitheater. NLM recently acquired the extensive collection of postcards which depicts nurses, the nursing profession, and a myriad of cultural perceptions that surrounds them. Dozens of postcards from the collection are currently on display in the Pictures of Nursing exhibition at NLM. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/picturesofnursing.

This event was free, open to the public, and registration was not required.

The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. Please visit http://www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture for more information.

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2014 NINR Director's Lecture: Innovations in High-Risk Infant Care: Creating New Pathways

September 16, 2014 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper delivered the second 2014 NINR Director’s Lecture on Tuesday, September 16. In her talk, "Innovations in High-Risk Infant Care: Creating New Pathways," Dr. Medoff- Cooper discussed her research on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, infant temperament, and developmental care of infants with complex congenital heart disease.

If you missed the live event, the recording of Dr. Medoff-Cooper's Director's Lecture is now available on NINR's YouTube page.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Medoff-Cooper, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, is internationally recognized for her research, which she has applied to the development of strategies and technologies to improve outcomes for infants. She co-invented Neonur, a patented feeding device to assess feeding behaviors during infancy which has been used in various funded research projects both nationally and internationally. Dr. Medoff-Cooper also partnered with a small technology company to develop a home monitoring program to improve outcomes for neonates with complex congenital heart disease.

At the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Medoff-Cooper collaborated with the nursing staff of the cardiac intensive care unit to launch weekly developmental care nursing rounds for families of infants with complex congenital heart disease after neonatal heart surgery.

For thirty years, Dr. Medoff Cooper has mentored undergraduates, masters and doctoral students both in the classroom and in clinical settings. Her mentorship emphasizes the importance of integrating research into clinical practice and how clinical practice informs clinical research. In this way, she hopes to influence quality of care nationally through research utilization models that nursing graduates will bring into the health care community.

About the Director’s Lecture:

This lecture was part of the NINR’s Director’s Lecture series, which is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. For more information and links to previous lectures, please visit www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture.

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2014 NINR Director's Lecture: Electrocardiographic Monitoring: Two Decades of Discovery

May 20, 2014 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Barbara J. Drew, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA delivered the first of two NINR Director’s Lectures for 2014. Her presentation, "Electrocardiographic Monitoring: Two Decades of Discovery," was held on May 20, 2014 from 10:30AM – 11:30AM in Natcher Balcony C on the NIH campus.

If you missed the live event, the archived videocast is available at http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=14114&bhcp=1.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Drew is the David Mortara Distinguished Professor of Physiological Nursing and Clinical Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. She has taught clinical electrocardiography to medical students, residents, and graduate nursing students for 32 years. She also founded the ECG Monitoring Research Lab in the School of Nursing and mentored numerous graduate students pursuing studies in the field of electrocardiology.

The primary goal of Dr. Drew's research is to improve cardiac monitoring techniques and clinical practices in hospital and pre-hospital settings for more accurate diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia, and drug-induced long QT syndrome. Drew’s research has shaped the development of commercial cardiac monitors, including the introduction of multi-lead ECG monitoring, ST-segment and QT interval monitoring, and strategies to reduce clinical alarm fatigue.

This lecture is one of two NINR’s Director’s Lectures that will take place this year. The second lecture, which will take place in September, will be given by Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper, who is internationally recognized for her research on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, and infant temperament.

About NINR's Director's Lecture Series

The NINR Director’s Lecture Series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. The lecture series was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH. 

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