Annual Distinguished Nursing Lecture to Focus on Global Health

Mary Lou Manning will serve as the keynote speaker for fourth annual Distinguished Nursing Lecture at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden on Nov. 11

Mary Lou Manning will serve as the keynote speaker for fourth annual Distinguished Nursing Lecture at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden on Nov. 11

Infectious disease will be at the forefront of a discussion on global health during the fourth annual Distinguished Nursing Lecture at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden during 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Mary Lou Manning, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, will serve as the keynote speaker. An associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing with more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and researcher of infectious disease and prevention, Manning will provide insight into global responses to infectious disease.

“I am honored and absolutely delighted to be the keynote speaker at such a noteworthy event. It is critically important that we all understand and respect the emergence, establishment, and spread of infectious agents across the globe. I look forward to a sharing and hearing the perspectives of students, colleagues and friends,” Manning says.

The public lecture — which features a gathering of 300 invited guests, including the region’s foremost healthcare professionals and Rutgers–Camden nursing alumni — will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the main level of the Campus Center on the Rutgers University–Camden campus. The series is designed to present the work of noted nursing scholars while focusing on global healthcare issues.

“Global health is an essential component of the educational experience for students in the health professions,” says Joanne Robinson, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. “We’re proud to welcome Dr. Manning to Rutgers–Camden to address current and future generations of nurses about the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases on a global level and the impact of this work on health and wellness worldwide.”

Manning, a resident of Lafayette Hill, Pa., is the author of more than 35 published works on infectious disease. Prior to her current role as associate professor, she was the first director of the doctor of nursing practice program at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing, and also served as coordinator of the school’s pediatric nurse practitioner program. She currently teaches doctoral courses in leadership, organizational change, and patient safety.

Manning also served as director of infection control and occupational health at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and was CHOP’s executive director for quality and patient safety. She developed and launched the Center for Process Innovation at CHOP.

The renowned nursing scholar and educator has been an ambassador for global infection prevention providing consultation and education in numerous countries including Indonesia, where she was a member of a post-tsunami Indonesia Disaster Recovery Program team in 2007.

During the recent Ebola crisis, Manning served as a faculty member for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety training program for healthcare workers going to West Africa, and was a member of the American Nurses Association Expert Advisory Panel on Ebola.

Additionally, she represented the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology on a CDC rapid Ebola preparedness assessment team in Philadelphia.

Manning is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing along with Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Dean Joanne Robinson; Senior Associate Dean Marie O’Toole; Senior Advisor Carol Germain; and Rutgers–Camden nursing professors Robert Atkins and Janice Beitz.

She is a distinguished fellow of the National Academies of Practice; a distinguished practitioner and fellow of the Nursing Academy; and has served numerous times as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation executive nurse fellow.

In addition to the distinguished lecture, the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden will announce a new collaboration with Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, that will allow the two higher education institutions to collaborate on academics, research, and scholarly programs.

The two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September at Semmelweis University — Hungary’s oldest medical school and health science university— setting up the framework for the collaboration. Representatives from Semmelweis University will be in attendance for the lecture and the announcement.

The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, which started its Distinguished Lecture Series in 2012, offers baccalaureate programs for traditional, accelerated, and RN students; professional certificates in school nursing and wound/ostomy/continence nursing; and a doctor of nursing practice program with tracks in adult/gerontology nursing and nursing of families that prepare students for clinical practice as nurse practitioners in these specialties.

The Distinguished Nursing Lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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