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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Nursing summit: Pinnacle Lecture

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Terry Fulmer, M.S. '77, Ph.D. '83, RN, FAAN, the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and dean of the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing, inaugurated the Connell School's new Pinnacle Lecture Series November 9 with a talk on the recently published report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine. Fulmer discussed essential changes in nursing education and practice made necessary by an aging society, an aging health care workforce, and impending changes in health care delivery.

Fulmer, who was recently elected a member of the Institute of Medicine, is a member of the NYU School of Medicine's new curriculum executive committee. She serves as an attending nurse at the NYU Langone Medical Center, where her program of research focuses on acute care of the elderly, and particularly elder abuse and neglect.

The first nurse elected to the board of the American Geriatrics Society and the first to serve as president of the Gerontological Society of America, Fulmer is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine. She serves on the Veterans Administration Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee, and is a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice.

Linda Burnes Bolton, vice president and chief nursing officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, speaks next in the Pinnacle Lecture Series, which brings a recognized nursing leader to campus each semester to address issues at the forefront of health care today. Bolton will discuss "Enhancing Access to Quality Health Care: A Community Collaboration Model" on April 11, 2011. RSVP at www.bc.edu/pinnacle.