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2016 NINR Director's Lecture: "Innovations to Improve Discharge Planning"

March 03, 2016 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


On Thursday, March 3, 2016, Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, presented the first 2016 NINR Director’s Lecture, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Lipsett Amphitheater in the Clinical Center (Bldg. 10) on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In her talk, “Innovations to Improve Discharge Planning,” Dr. Bowles described her program of research that uses information technology to improve care for older adults. Her journey began with a clinical question and includes co-founding a software company to further develop and distribute her team's work aimed at improving discharge planning and post-acute care decision making.

Updated April 19, 2016: Video of this event is now available. Please click play on the embedded video below, or watch on the NINR YouTube channel at:

Dr. Bowles has been recognized for her research and leadership achievements. Her work – which has resulted in over 200 publications and presentations - has been continuously funded for over 20 years by federal and foundation sources. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Dr. Bowles co-founded the software company RightCare Solutions based on her team’s research. NINR awarded two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants to the company, which provides an end-to-end solution for discharge planning and post-acute care referrals. Dr. Bowles holds a BSN from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an MSN from Villanova, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

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 for more information.

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