URI College of Nursing to host major research conference in Newport

More than 400 expected for three-day program KINGSTON, R.I. — March 28, 2000 — The University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing will host the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s 12th annual research conference in Newport, March 30 through April 1. More than 400 nurse researchers will gather at Newport’s Hotel Viking to discuss nursing research on such topics as infection control in children’s hospitals, diabetes care, pediatric cancer treatment, ethical issues, cardiovascular interventions, postpartum depression and fatigue and children’s use of summer camp health facilities. The theme for the conference is “Research for Unity in Diversity: A Foundation for Practice in the 21st Century. Afaf I. Meleis, professor at the University of California at San Francisco, will give the keynote address Friday, March 31, from 9 to 10 a.m. Her scholarship focuses on theory and knowledge development, immigrant and international health and women’s role integration and health. Currently, she serves as the vice-president of the International Council on Women’s Health. As part of the conference, Belinda Bracey, an undergraduate URI nursing student from Norwalk, Conn., will present her research paper, the “Grieving Child, an Exploratory Analysis of Children’s Grief programs in Southern New Hampshire.” URI Nursing Professor Hesook Suzie Kim, chair of the conference planning committee, said Bracey’s work was chosen for presentation from among a pool of research papers submitted by seasoned faculty members, researchers and clinicians. URI faculty members presenting papers at the conference are: Hesook Suzie Kim of Exeter, Middle Range Theory Development in Nursing, Thursday, March 30, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Donna Schwartz-Barcott of West Greenwich, From Practice to Theory: Tightening the Link via Three Fieldwork Strategies, Friday, March 31, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Margaret M. McGrath of Warwick, symposium, Vulnerable Populations’ Response to Risk: Theoretical Practice Implications for Nursing, Friday, March 31, 1:30 to 3 p.m.-Presentations are by: McGrath and Judith Mercer of Cranston, Theoretical Distinction Between Risk and Vulnerability; Jean Leffers of Warren, Resourcefulness as a Risk Response in a Culturally Diverse Population; Diane Martins of Warwick, and Paula Viau of East Providence, A Comparison of Resourcefulness as a Risk Response in Two Vulnerable Populations; Mary Sullivan of West Kingston; and McGrath, Resiliency and Thriving as Risk Responses in Children; Deborah Godfrey Brown, of Foster, Summary, Strategies and Implications for Nursing Practice and Research. Holly Powell Kennedy of East Providence, Using Delphi Methodology: A Critical and Feminist Theoretical Perspective, Friday, March 31, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Marlene A. Dufault, of Narragansett, A Program of Research Evaluating the effects of a Collaborative Research Utilization Model on Clinician, Student, and Patient Outcomes in Pain Management, Saturday, April 1, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Patricia M. Burbank of Coventry, Meaning in Life Among Older Adults in Korea and U.S.; A Cross-Cultural Comparison, Saturday, April 1, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Kim and Schwartz-Barcott, The Nature of Chronically Ill Patients’ Hope, April 1, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Kim and McGrath, A Comparative Study of Caregiving Practices for LBW Preterm Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the U.S. & Korea, Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Symposium, Pain Assessment: Cross-cultural Comparison of Studies, April 1, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jacqueline Fortin, of Cumberland, Kim and Schwartz-Barcott, Ways of Assessing Postoperative Pain: An American Study; Kim, Ways of Assessing Postoperative Pain: A Korean Study; Schwartz-Barcott and Kim, Nurses’ Pain Assessment: A Cross-cultural Comparison. The following faculty members are presenting posters: Cynthia Padula of West Kingston, and Burbank, Stage-based Health Promotion with the Elderly. Burbank, Meaning in Life Among Older Adults: A Korean Study. For further information, please call Nancy Tucker at URI’s College of Nursing, 401-874-5301. The registration form may be downloaded from the ENRS2000 website within the College of Nursing at URI at www.uri.edu/nursing. In addition to URI’s College of Nursing, conference sponsors are the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth College of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Upsilon Chapter-at-Large and Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Kappa Chapter. -xxx- For Further Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116