Welcome to the 35th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium – In Pursuit of Truth: The Critical Role of Research in Health Care. In the current society, the concept of truth has been distorted and problematized from different angles. Biases from personal opinions, social media, and unreliable news sources have desecrated the truth. This issue may have led to distrust and frustration among scientists, health care providers and consumers. Truth and/or facts are not absolute; however, for years, research has guided us to significantly advance science and health care. Now more than ever, we must reinforce the critical role of research, including rigor scientific inquiries and evidence. This will allow us to analyze existing assumptions about truth and reality, as well to prevent unwarranted relativism and make sound inferences to guide our clinical practice. We are honored to have speakers present their research from multiple fields of inquiry including nursing 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.

2022 Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium Planning Committee
Karen L. Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FAHA, FAAN
Thao Griffith, PhD, RN
Kimberly Oosterhouse, PhD, RN
Erin Hoffmeier, BA, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Audrey Klopp, PhD, RN
Ginger Schroers, PhD, RNC, CNE
Laura De La Pena, PhD, MSN, RNC-MNN, C-EFM
Matt Gallagher, BA

2022 Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium Sponsors
Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Medical Center