On Wednesday, March 31, 2004 Helen Hayes Hospital will host Nursing Research Day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program will take place at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw and is being coordinated by the nursing department, with the support of the HHH Foundation.
The program is designed for nurses and student nurses who are interested in learning about research currently being conducted by fellow nurses in the area. It will also provide information about the research process and how one can become involved. The event promises to be a unique and ideal way for nurses to share their findings and to encourage new researchers and collaboration between researchers.
The day will start off with welcoming comments by Jane O’Rourke, R.N., M.S.N., Director of Patient Care Services at Helen Hayes Hospital. She will be followed by two guest lecturers. Eleanor Richards, Ph.D., R.N. will speak on “Nursing Research Past, Present and Future” and on “The Research Process in Nursing.” Dr. Richards is associate professor at SUNY New Paltz, teaching nursing on both the baccalaureate and masters level. Her area of clinical specialty is family systems nursing and she is a published author with extensive research experience, including research in the field of spinal cord injury.
Carolyn Lansberry, Ph.D., R.N., will speak on the “Relevance of Research to Clinical Practice.” A researcher with clinical experience in psychiatric and primary care with an emphasis on primary mental health care in community based settings, Dr. Lansberry teaches research at Mercy College. She has authored numerous presentations, publications and articles.
Nurses throughout the area have been invited to present their research via poster, power point and abstract presentations. Work in any field, including wellness, prevention, family health or illness, is welcome. Time will be allotted in the afternoon for participants to make their presentations. Tours of the hospital will also be available.
“We are very excited about hosting this research program dedicated to the nursing profession,” reports Jane O’Rourke. “These days, we hear so much about evidenced based practice. There is so much to learn from the research that is being done out there by fellow nurses. Often, their findings can be directly applied to everyday clinical practice.”
Six and a half C.E.U. credits are pending. The $40 fee includes lunch and a coffee break. The fee will be waived for those making presentations. Anyone interested in attending is asked to pre-register by March 15. For additional information, or to register or make a presentation, call 845-786- 4231.