Dr. D'Amico Is Speaker At Nursing Research Conference
Dr. Catherine O'Neill D'Amico, PhD.,RN,CNAA, assistant professor, Hunter College Bellevue School of Nursing, served as both a program coordinator and a presenter at a conference that focused on nursing research on the continuum of care across the human lifespan. D'Amico, the daughter-in-law of Queens County Clerk Gloria D'Amico, presented her research on "The Relationship of Organizational Context to Nursing Management of Pressure Ulcers for Hospitalized Older Patients" at New York Hospital Queens, formerly Booth Memorial Hospital, on Friday October 5. The hospital hosted the day-long sixth annual Nursing Research Conference 2007 in a packed auditorium of nurses, doctors and others from the medical profession. The research conference is the first program of its kind to be funded by Local 1199, a major medical professional union.
Hundreds of members of the medical profession, mostly nurses, gathered to learn about the newest research studies in nursing and the researchers who conducted those studies. Award ceremonies followed the formal research presentations, recognizing nurses and medical researchers for their contributions to the further training of those in the nursing profession.
The conference began with a breakfast to help energize the attendees, followed by greetings from George F. Heinrich, MD, chairman, Board of Trustees, and Stephen Mills, president and chief executive officer and Michelle Williams, MA, RN, CNAA, BC, senior vice president, patient care services, all from New York Hospital Queens.
Nine research projects were presented by the researchers. Researchers making presentations, besides D'Amico, included
Elizabeth Ann Ayello, Ph.D, RN, APRN, BC, CWOCN, FAPWCA, FAAN; Marie Boltz, Ph.D, RN; Mary Ireland, Ph.D, RN; Ellen A. Becker, Ph.D, RRT-NPS, AE-C; Rina Ginat, MPHA, RN; Judith Kennedy Schwartz, Ph.D, RN, MS; Sharon Stahl Wexler, Ph.D, RN, BC, and Marie Mitchell, BHA, RNC, ADONA.
In addition to the research presentations, awards were presented to a number of individuals for their contributions to the nursing profession. Winners of a poster competition were also awarded certificates. They include Yolanda Beck, RN, BSN; Kathleen M. Parnell Magdich, MS, RN; Yuk King Kong-Lee RNC, BSN; Norma Petrini, RN, BSN; Josephine Kulgowski, RN, BSN, and Cheryl Hermann, RN.
D'Amico will present certificates to participants of the Friends of Safety, Foes of Falls educational process on another date to be determined.
NYH-Queens applied for grant funding for this project. It was subsequently funded by 1199 Workforce Quality Service Grant HCRA2B 07. D'Amico is the consultant who carried out the training and continues to support hospital staff who are attempting to reduce the number of falls sustained by patients and the resultant injuries from falls.