Welcome to the 34th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium – Advancing the Science of Caring: Cura Personalis in a Technological Era. Latin for “care for the whole person,” cura personalis is a central Jesuit tenet. Health care providers care for not only the health of the body but also the health of the whole person, including mind, body, and spirit. As health care technology rapidly advances, how do we assure that we continue to care for the whole person? We are honored to have speakers present their research from multiple fields of inquiry including nursing, education, and public health. We hope that you find the day to be thought-provoking and enjoyable!

Each year, health care professionals gather to share the latest information in research at the Ruth K. Palmer Symposium. For decades, this event has addressed matters seminal to nursing research, education, administration, policy, and clinical practice. While this occasion draws a respected panel of speakers and presenters, few are aware that the symposium began with just two sisters: one, a pioneer in nursing education, the other, a philanthropic force among Chicago’s elite. The symposium started as a small gathering, but the legacy of these sisters has endured and woven itself into the fabric of Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). Since its inception, countless numbers of nursing professionals and students have benefited from the symposium endowment, which was established by the late MNSON dean Gladys Kiniery in memory of her beloved sister Ruth K. Palmer, heir to the Potter Palmer family fortune.

2021 Palmer Symposium Scientific Program Co-Chairs
Karen L. Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FAHA, FAAN
Thao Griffith, PhD, RN
Jorgia Connor, PhD, RN

2021 Palmer Symposium Scientific Program Planning Committees
Kris Werth, MSN, RN, OCN
Audrey Klopp, PhD, RN
Angela Mahaffey, PhD
Laura De La Pena, PhD, MSN, RNC-MNN, C-EFM
Kimberly Oosterhouse, PhD, RN

2021 Palmer Symposium Sponsors
Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Medical Center