In June, the National Institute of Nursing Research held the first of two 2015 NINR Director’s Lectures. Dr. MarySue Heilemann, a professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, presented: "From the Silver Screen to the Web: Portrayals of Nursing in Media." In her talk, Dr. Heilemann discussed historical portrayals of nurses in print and visual media, as well as issues related to future media representations of nursing.
If you missed the live event, the recording of Dr. Heilemann’s NINR Director’s Lecture is now available on NINR’s YouTube channel.
About the Speaker:
Dr. MarySue Heilemann is an Associate Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and an internationally recognized researcher and methodologist. Her NINR-funded research interventions combined multiple modalities to increase resilience among low income, second generation Latinas in the U.S. This work led Heilemann to consider the use of media in health research and her move to the city of Los Angeles brought an unexpected role consulting with Hollywood filmmakers on the creation of nurse characters.
As an innovator on the use of media in nursing science, Dr. Heilemann initiated, organized, and moderated two national symposia which brought together nearly 300 scholars, filmmakers, nurses, media experts, actors, producers, and writers. The symposia examined historical portrayals of nurses in print and visual media in order to gain understanding and strategize efforts to influence media portrayals of nursing for the future. Together with her collaborators, she has deepened the dialogue about the effects of media stereotypes on the profession of nursing, health care, and society at large. Dr. Heilemann continues to advocate for more accurate media portrayals of nursing through collaborative efforts with scholars, activists, and Hollywood professionals.
About the Event:
Immediately following Dr. Heilemann’s lecture, the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) displayed a special selection from the Zwerdling Postcard Collection outside of Lipsett Amphitheater. NLM recently acquired the extensive collection of postcards which depicts nurses, the nursing profession, and a myriad of cultural perceptions that surrounds them. Dozens of postcards from the collection are currently on display in the Pictures of Nursing exhibition at NLM. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/picturesofnursing.
This event was free, open to the public, and registration was not required.
The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. Please visit http://www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture for more information.
Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper delivered the second 2014 NINR Director’s Lecture on Tuesday, September 16. In her talk, "Innovations in High-Risk Infant Care: Creating New Pathways," Dr. Medoff- Cooper discussed her research on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, infant temperament, and developmental care of infants with complex congenital heart disease.
If you missed the live event, the recording of Dr. Medoff-Cooper's Director's Lecture is now available on NINR's YouTube page.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Medoff-Cooper, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, is internationally recognized for her research, which she has applied to the development of strategies and technologies to improve outcomes for infants. She co-invented Neonur, a patented feeding device to assess feeding behaviors during infancy which has been used in various funded research projects both nationally and internationally. Dr. Medoff-Cooper also partnered with a small technology company to develop a home monitoring program to improve outcomes for neonates with complex congenital heart disease.
At the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Medoff-Cooper collaborated with the nursing staff of the cardiac intensive care unit to launch weekly developmental care nursing rounds for families of infants with complex congenital heart disease after neonatal heart surgery.
For thirty years, Dr. Medoff Cooper has mentored undergraduates, masters and doctoral students both in the classroom and in clinical settings. Her mentorship emphasizes the importance of integrating research into clinical practice and how clinical practice informs clinical research. In this way, she hopes to influence quality of care nationally through research utilization models that nursing graduates will bring into the health care community.
About the Director’s Lecture:
This lecture was part of the NINR’s Director’s Lecture series, which is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. For more information and links to previous lectures, please visit www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture.
Barbara J. Drew, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA delivered the first of two NINR Director’s Lectures for 2014. Her presentation, "Electrocardiographic Monitoring: Two Decades of Discovery," was held on May 20, 2014 from 10:30AM – 11:30AM in Natcher Balcony C on the NIH campus.
If you missed the live event, the archived videocast is available at http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=14114&bhcp=1.
Dr. Drew is the David Mortara Distinguished Professor of Physiological Nursing and Clinical Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. She has taught clinical electrocardiography to medical students, residents, and graduate nursing students for 32 years. She also founded the ECG Monitoring Research Lab in the School of Nursing and mentored numerous graduate students pursuing studies in the field of electrocardiology.
The primary goal of Dr. Drew's research is to improve cardiac monitoring techniques and clinical practices in hospital and pre-hospital settings for more accurate diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia, and drug-induced long QT syndrome. Drew’s research has shaped the development of commercial cardiac monitors, including the introduction of multi-lead ECG monitoring, ST-segment and QT interval monitoring, and strategies to reduce clinical alarm fatigue.
This lecture is one of two NINR’s Director’s Lectures that will take place this year. The second lecture, which will take place in September, will be given by Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper, who is internationally recognized for her research on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, and infant temperament.
The NINR Director’s Lecture Series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. The lecture series was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH.
Dr. Mary Woo, Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing, presented the third NINR Director’s Lecture on May 21, 2013 in the NIH Clinical Center’s Lipsett Amphitheater.
Dr. Woo discussed her research on brain-heart interactions in a lecture entitled "It's All in the Mind: Heart Failure and the Brain."
If you missed the event live, the NIH Videocast is available at http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=12694&bhcp=1.
Dr. Woo worked as a staff nurse in cardiac critical care for 13 years and received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Cardiovascular Nursing from UCLA. Her initial research examined heart rate variability as an independent predictor of sudden cardiac death risk in advanced heart failure patients. As a result of this research, Dr. Woo developed Poincar├® plots, one of the first heart rate variability assessment techniques to be an independent predictor of sudden death risk in advanced heart failure patients. With the support of an NINR training grant, Dr. Woo examined predictors of sudden death risk as well as the influences of sleep on brain structure in heart failure. She was the first investigator to report that the specific sites of gray matter loss in heart failure patients are impacted by the amount of sleep disordered breathing and gender.
Dr. Woo’s current research transcends many areas including patient care, cardiovascular and neurologic diseases. Her investigations suggest that heart failure patients have significant brain damage in areas that dramatically impact cognition, emotion, and breathing. By developing interventions that minimize or reverse the brain damage in heart failure, Dr. Woo aims to improve health outcomes for heart failure patients.
In addition to numerous presentations, she has published more than 100 articles and a number of book chapters in the area of cardiovascular disease. Among other awards, Dr. Woo was recognized as a "Pillar of Cardiovascular Nursing Research" by the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.
The NINR Director’s Lecture is an annual event, designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. The lecture was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH.
The 2012 Director’s Lecture was given by Dr. Elaine Larson, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Larson discussed her research in infection prevention and control in a lecture titled "Infection Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach."
The 2011 Director's Lecture was given by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Nursing. Dr. Melnyk discussed research results from her Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) intervention program, which has been shown to improve outcomes among critically ill children, premature infants, and their parents.
Dr. Elaine Larson, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research at the Columbia University School of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, presented the second NINR Director’s Lecture on January 17, 2012.
Dr. Larson, a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, discussed her globally recognized research in infection prevention and control in a lecture titled "Infection Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach."
A videocast of Dr. Larson's lecture is available at:
Dr. Larson is a former Dean, Georgetown University School of Nursing. She has been a member of the Board of Directors, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and the Report Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences. She is a fellow in the Institute of Medicine and the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance at Columbia University and has been Editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1995. She has published more than 250 journal articles, four books and a number of book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research.
The NINR Director’s Lecture is an annual event, designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. The award was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH.
The 2011 Director's Lecture was given by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Nursing.
Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, received the first-ever NINR Director’s Lectureship Award on January 18, 2011. This award was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH.
At the time of the lecture, Dr. Melnyk was Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She is currently Dean of the Ohio State University College of Nursing.
Dr. Melnyk is an internationally recognized expert in theory-based intervention research and evidence-based practice as well as in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked with numerous healthcare systems throughout the nation and globe to advance and sustain evidence-based practice. Dr. Melnyk’s record of extramural research and educational funding, including grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, and HRSA totals more than 11 million dollars.
Through a series of 9 randomized controlled trials, she has supported the efficacy of her COPE intervention program in improving the outcomes of critically ill/hospitalized children and premature infants and parents, which has been adopted by hospitals and insurers throughout the U.S. Her current NIH-funded RO1 grant is a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of her COPE/Healthy Lifestyles TEEN program to prevent overweight/obesity and depression in 800 culturally diverse teenagers in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Melnyk’s record of scholarship includes over 150 publications, two books, and numerous distinguished awards for her contributions to improving children’s health, nursing and healthcare.