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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Woodruff gives Pinnacle Lecture

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Woodruff and Gennaro talking before the lecture

Lee Woodruff spoke at the fall Pinnacle Lecture Series, a Connell School program that brings recognized nursing leaders to Boston College each semester to address issues at the forefront of health care today.

In her talk, A Family's Journey Recovery, and Resilience: A Caregiver’s Perspective, Woodruff shared her family’s story while emphasizing the importance of nurses to both the patient and the family.

Lee Woodruff, coauthor with her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, of In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing, a New York Times best seller about their family’s experience after he was critically injured in Iraq, will discuss how caregivers cope during a crisis. Drawing on her earlier experience as a public relations professional, Woodruff will also talk about how nurses can turn complex nursing practice and scholarly research into stories that will attract the interest of mainstream media.

An advocate for veterans, survivors of traumatic brain injuries, and their caregivers, Woodruff cofounded the Bob Woodruff Foundation (, which assists wounded service members and their families. She is also the author of a collection of essays, Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, and a novel, Those We Love Most, as well as a contributing reporter to CBS This Morning.

Read the Chronicle article on Woodruff’s talk here.

Photo courtesy of Caitlin Cunningham. Pictured: (l-r) Lee Woodruff, Susan Gennaro, RN, DSN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College.