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JGS brings nursing researchers to Third Annual Nursing Research Conference

Longmeadow Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) invites all nurses, healthcare professionals and nursing paraprofessionals to attend the Third Annual Research Conference at the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home on June 19. The conference, titled "Using Evidence in Nursing Practice," is designed to expose nurses who work with elders to current research focused on improving the quality of life of those with chronic health problems. This program will offer presentations by two prominent nursing professionals Deanna Gray-Miceli, DNSc, APRN, FAANP, and Kathleen Stolzenberger, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. The event will offer 2.5 contact hours from the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing. Reservations are required and there is a $15 fee. Those who wish to attend should contact Barbara Macdonald, Director of Professional Practices and Nursing Outcomes, at 567-6211 or bmacdonald@jewishgeriatric.org. Gray-Miceli, consultant to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will offer a presentation of her research "Post Fall Assessment." Gray-Miceli is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and John A. Hartford Building Geriatric Nursing Capacity Post-Doctoral Scholar. Her work in post-fall assessment and the experience of falls for older adults is well-known throughout the nursing world. Stolzenberger, Director of Research and Professional Development at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn., will offer a presentation with a member of her hospital team on "Using Evidence in Nursing Practice." They will discuss their experiences on infusing evidence into everyday nursing practice. Stolzenberger is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and received her doctorate of nursing from University of Rhode Island School of Nursing. She is a nationally recognized expert in evidence-based nursing practice. In addition to the featured presentations, over a dozen posters presentations will be offered by JGS staff highlighting their work during the last year in areas such as gerontological nursing evidence-based practice, and research being conducted at JGS. Jewish Geriatric Services was recently accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center on the Journey to Nursing Excellence Program (www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet). Through Annual Research Day Program, JGS demonstrates its commitment to identifying innovations in professional nursing practice. Research Day is a result of the partnership between Jewish Geriatric Services and the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing. The partnership, which was initiated in 2004, was designed with the dual purpose of providing advanced education to JGS' clinical staff, while in turn offering a place for UMass nursing students to do their junior year clinical rotations. "At JGS, we believe research is a critical element to providing quality care and achieving nursing excellence. It gives us the information and tools we need to ensure we are providing the best care and programs to the people we serve, while staying on the cutting-edge of quality healthcare improvement initiatives," said Barbara Macdonald, RN, GCNS-BC Director of Professional Practice and Nursing Outcomes at JGS and one of the key coordinators of the conference. "This conference provides a platform to address several critical issues in the area of eldercare and share that information with both our staff and our colleagues throughout the Greater Springfield area. In addition, it offers our organization the opportunity to showcase all the various research and work our staff is currently conducting at JGS. We are excited about the offerings of this year's conference and hope nurses throughout the area join our nurses in attending."

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