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Maimonides celebrates first research conference

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Maimonides Medical Center conducted its first research conference at the Fort Hamilton Community Club on Nov. 7. The event, called “Leading Change, Advancing Health: Creating the Future of Nursing through Research, Innovation, and Collaboration,” showcased research poster presentations by staff members and panel discussions.

Diana Mason, RN, PhD, C, FAAN, Rudin professor of nursing at Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing of the City University of New York, and former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing, served as keynote speaker.
Mason’s presentation, “Transforming Health Care: Lessons from Nurse Innovators,” offered an overview of nurses such as Ruth Lubic, CNM, EdD; Harriet Kitzman, RN, PhD, FAAN; and Patricia Gerrity, RN, PhD, FAAN, and their achievements that were made possible through research.

Lubic is a nationally recognized nurse midwife who has championed prenatal care for low-income women. Kitzman is a professor and senior associate dean at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center School of Nursing who has been doing research for more than four decades. Gerrity, a professor and associate dean for community programs at Drexel University in Philadelphia, has dedicated her career to helping underserved populations get access to healthcare.

The plenary session, “Leading Change from Wherever You Are: Bedside, Boardroom or Classroom,” was presented by Donna Nickitas, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN, a professor at Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing and editor of Nursing Economic$, The Journal for Health Care Leaders.

A large portion of the session focused on the importance of leadership. She reminded the audience of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation for increasing baccalaureate and doctorally prepared nurses. Nickitas, who also holds a joint appointment as the executive officer, Doctor of Nursing Science/PhD program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, said fewer than 1% of nurses have a doctorate. She called on some of her doctoral students to give a short testimony of their experiences in school.

“Every nurse in this audience is a nurse author,” she said. “You have an imperative to write your story.”

For those who are unsure about continuing their education, Nickitas gave this charge. “At the end of the day, creating our future is left to all of us,” she said. “You don’t need a title to make a change. Take what you’ve learned from wherever you are and demonstrate it to your family, friends and colleagues.”

Panel discussion topics included managing chronic disease, how to recognize delirium, the role of a community-based palliative care program, DNPs in New York State, and a collaborative nurse residency program between Maimonides and the New York City College of Technology.

Attendees viewed poster presentations throughout the day, several of which were discussed during the main portion of the event.

Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter for Nurse.com.

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