Friday, May 14, 2010

Inaugural Linda Kelly Nursing Lecture held

Advancing the profession: From left, Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, MS, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, Schiff, Linda Kelly, Deborah Kelly and Fugate

"Linda makes every patient feel at home -- she's wonderful to work with and an incredible role model for other nurses," said Isaac Schiff, MD, chief of MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology, as he welcomed guests to the inaugural Linda Kelly Nursing Lecture. Created to honor Linda Kelly, RN, NP, who is a highly respected nurse practitioner for Obstetrics and Gynecology, the lecture aims to advance knowledge of women's health. The Linda Kelly Visiting Scholar in Women's Health Program was established through the generosity of Deborah Kelly, who has had a longstanding relationship with Schiff and Linda. (Deborah and Linda Kelly are not related.)

The April 29 lecture featured Nancy Fugate, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of Family and Child Nursing and dean emeritus at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Fugate presented "To Use Hormone Therapy or Not? Is this the Right Question? Providing Decision Support for Midlife Women."

Fugate's lecture explored the benefits and challenges of providing decision aids for women deciding whether or not they should use hormone therapy during menopause. Fugate has led several studies on the topic and identified the complexities of formulating decision aids that would be beneficial, sustainable and accessible to women of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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