April 1, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 14

Expert on Elderly Safety Issues to Speak at CSON April 15

Nationally recognized nurse researcher Audrey Nelson, an expert on safety issues of the frail elderly and persons with disabilities, will present the Connell School of Nursing's annual A. Daniel Rubenstein Lecture in Gerontology on April 15 in the Walsh Function Room.

The event will begin with a social hour at 4 p.m. and Nelson's presentation, titled "Patient Safety and Nursing Work Environments," will start at 5 p.m.

Nelson is the associate director for clinical research at the University of South Florida College of Nursing and a research professor in the colleges of Engineering and Public Health. She directs the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital's VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, which seeks to improve the mobility and independence of frail elderly and disabled patients. The center houses laboratories dedicated to patient safety and mobility research as well as a clinic serving elderly and disabled patients at high risk for falls.

In 2003, the facility earned the inaugural Magnet Prize Award for Exemplary Innovation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes cutting-edge research, practices, services, technologies, programs, or other exemplary innovations with demonstrable positive outcomes.

Nelson has completed more than 20 funded studies and has obtained more than $3 million of research funding. She publishes widely on issues related to patient safety.

The lecture is made possible by a gift to Boston College from the friends and associates of the late Dr. A. Daniel Rubenstein, who served as director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Hospital Facilities and as Massachusetts Department of Public Health deputy commissioner. The event is co-sponsored by Salter Healthcare Services.

Nelson's lecture is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending should call ext.2-2230.

-Kathleen Sullivan

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