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Nationally-known nurse researchers to speak at JGS conference May 27

Date: 5/17/2010

Longmeadow -- Jewish Geriatric Services' (JGS) Fifth Annual Research Conference will take place at the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home on May 27. "Nursing Ethics Across Levels of Care" is an opportunity for all nurses, healthcare professionals, nursing paraprofessionals and students to explore this timely topic. This educational event will feature two prominent nursing professionals, an extensive poster session and offer continuing education hours to nurses.

Marcia Bosek, DNSc, RN will open the program with her presentation, "Using Nursing Research to Understand and Inform Clinical Ethical Practice: One Researcher's Journey." A faculty member at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bosek earned her doctorate in nursing with a focus in nursing ethics from Rush University, Chicago, Ill. Bosek has practiced as a nurse ethicist for more than 20 years, and has published almost 50 articles on her research and practice

The closing speaker, Janet Moore, PhD, GCNS-BC, an assistant professor at Elms College, recently received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Moore will be presenting her dissertation research which was conducted, in part, on the JGS campus. Her presentation is titled "Familiar Physical Activity to Familiar Music: The Effects on Apathy, Agitation, Eating Ability and Dietary Intake in Institutionalized Older Adults with Dementia."

The JGS staff members and other healthcare professionals will offer poster presentations on topics such as the use of data via dashboards, anticoagulation, mentoring, electronic medical records, how music affects us, etc.

Reservations are required and there is a $15 fee for this conference. Those who wish to attend should contact Barbara Macdonald, director of professional practices and nursing outcomes, at 567-6211 or at

"Healthcare is constantly evolving and having the tools to keep abreast of the changes is vital to providing quality care to the people we serve, as well as creating a culture where nursing inquiry and excellence is the norm," Macdonald said. "By including a local nurse scholar of this caliber, we are supporting research efforts in which we have participated and we are encouraging nurses throughout the area to identify their own research interests and goals."

JGS is a leading healthcare system serving elders and their families. Programs of JGS include the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home, Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center, Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care, Ruth's House An Assisted Living Residence, JGS Family Medical Care and Genesis House.