Symposium Speakers

The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is pleased to host the following speakers for the 2022 Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium:

John Hardt, PhD
Vice Dean of Professional Formation
Associate Professor of Bioethics
Stritch School of Medicine

John Hardt, PhD, is the Vice Dean of Professional Formation and Associate Professor of Bioethics in Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. His teaching and research interests focus on Catholic bioethics, neonatal ethics, end-of-life decision making, professional formation, and physician conscience, a topic on which he offered testimony to the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is the past recipient of a grant from the University of Chicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion that facilitated his creating a program The Physician’s Vocation Program at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

The Fragility of Truth: Looking for Signposts in Uncharted Terrain

This talk will consider ways of responding to our current cultural moment in which “sources of truth” are varied, contradictory, and even unnerving by looking for resources to both describe and respond to this challenging time.

Please note that Dr. Hardt’s presentation will not be recorded and will not be available for later viewing.

Eileen Lake, PhD, RN, FAAN

Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology
Penn Nursing University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lake is a professor of nursing and sociology and associate director of Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). She is an international leader in the theory and methods of nursing systems research. She developed the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index, a foundational measure of nursing care performance to demonstrate nursing’s impact on patient outcomes. She led national and international investigations that study how nurse satisfaction and working conditions can impact patient care quality, specifically patient safety, and satisfaction.

Two Truths And a Lie About the Work Environment and Health Outcomes

Hear what nearly three decades of evidence reveals about how work environments influence healthcare quality, safety, nurse wellbeing, and patient outcomes. Once you discern these truths, learn how hospital managers can foster supportive work environments.

Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN

Helen F. Pettit Professor of Nursing
Columbia University School of Nursing

Dr. Taylor is the Helen F. Petit Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON), where she is also the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Research on People of Color (CRPC). She has been a trailblazer in cardiovascular genomics research among minority populations, and diversity and inclusion efforts, having been the first black woman to earn tenure at CUSON, New York University School of Nursing, and the Yale School of Nursing. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019, she has been recognized for her contributions to the advancement of biomedical sciences, health care, and public health.

A Research Trajectory in Hypertension Genomics

An unconventional research trajectory in hypertension genomics. How mentorship, pilot funding, and interdisciplinary contributions to advancing science can lead to a career that helps determine important impacts and contributions to reducing health disparities.

Please note that Dr. Taylor’s presentation will not be recorded and will not be available for later viewing.

Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC
Associate Professor
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago

Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program at Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. As a clinician and researcher, she is interested in reducing health disparities in women’s health and gender related care. Her current work focuses on big data from Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to explore healthcare utilization and quality of prenatal and postpartum care. Dr. Tenfelde serves on the Board of Directors for her National Organization of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health and is active in local anti-gun violence initiatives. She continues to practice clinically as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in a FQHC in Chicago.

Predictors of Postpartum Care Attendance for Birthing Persons Receiving Care at Federally Qualified Health Centers

This study is a secondary data analysis of clinic level data from national Federally Qualified Health Centers exploring the predictors of postpartum care attendance of over 50,000 birthing persons. Our team developed a predictive model that includes significant predictors of maternal age, parity and adequacy of prenatal care. Findings from this study can help clinicians and researchers tailor care to those patients who are less likely to return for postpartum care.

Cynthia Paidipati, PhD, APRN, PMH-NP/CNS-BC
Assistant Professor
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Cynthia P. Paidipati, PhD, APRN, PMH-NP/CNS-BC, is a tenure-track Assistant Professor within the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. Her education and research focus on mental health, pediatrics, health equity, and ethics. She derives expertise from her clinical practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing with children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Paidipati is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowship on Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families (T32NR007100) from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Her program of research is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families affected by systemic inequities and advocating for social justice within mental health care.

Mental Health & Ethics: A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding the Experiences of Undergraduate Nursing Students

This presentation will highlight the research findings from a large, national study on “Moral Distress, Depression, and Suicide Risk among Undergraduate Nursing Students”. Using a mixed methods approach, cross-sectional data from N=679 nursing students will be presented to illustrate the importance of mental health and intersection of ethics within nursing education. This is significant to future nursing practice as the nurses of tomorrow are the students of today. We must learn to better support and care for the mental health and well-being of our students and prepare them for the ethical challenges that arise in nursing practice.