Distinguished Speaker in Nursing to Visit

Dr. Patricia Potter, RN, PhD, FAAN, a nursing research scientist at Barnes-Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis, is the 2005 Fall Distinguished Speaker in Nursing sponsored by Rho Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She will discuss “Evidence-Based Practice: The Foundation for Change,” on Nov. 1, at Patterson’s Restaurant. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and Potter’s presentation will commence at approximately 7 p.m. The public is invited. Cost is $20 for the dinner. People may attend the speaker’s presentation for free. Attendance for the dinner and/or presentation requires R.S.V.P. to either the Truman Nursing Program at 785.4557, or to Brenda Geisbuhler at 665.4810 or geis@cableone.net by Oct. 28.

Potter was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2003. The American Academy of Nursing is constituted to anticipate national and international trends in health care, and address resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy. The invitation to Fellowship is recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession. For instance, Potter established the Patricia Potter Quality and Innovation Award at Barnes-Jewish Medical Center to recognize an outstanding nurse annually from the staff at Barnes-Jewish Medical Center. She was a finalist in the Missouri Tribute to Nurses in 1990. Potter participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program, Last Acts Coalition, to improve the care of people at the end of life.

Her work as editor and author for numerous texts in nursing knowledge including “Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques” (2005), “Fundamentals of Nursing” (2005), “Virtual Clinical Excursions with Basic Nursing: A Critical Thinking Approach” (2003), and “Virtual Clinical Excursions for Potter & Perry: Fundamentals of Nursing” (2004).

Rho Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is sponsoring the Fall Distinguished Speaker in order to promote nursing scholarship. The vision of Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of the world’s people. Sigma Theta Tau International is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide by increasing the scientific base of nursing practice.
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