University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing faculty member Catherine (Kit) Chesla will present the keynote address Friday during the 2011 Mu Lambda Research Forum.
will discuss "Can Nurses Improve Health by Working with Families?
at 10:15 a.m. in the South Central College Conference Center.
talk is open to area nurses, nursing students and other health care professionals.
The annual forum is sponsored by the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family & Society
and Minnesota State's School
of Nursing honor society, Mu Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
The forum runs from 7:30 a.m. until noon Friday in the Conference Center.
also will speak to area health professionals in a talk tonight about diverse families.
talk, at Applewood Restaurant, is for members of the Minnesota Nurses Association, the Nursing Honor Society, the Minnesota Hospital Association and local hospital organizations
Other research forum discussions will address how nurses can support family members experiencing chronic illness and how rapid response teams can better use early warning signs.
has spent years researching how families, through their relationships, help to heal chronically ill family members.
teaching focuses on family health, chronic illness and research methods, and she
has written numerous articles for journals of family nursing, psychology and research.
Some of her
work focuses on families from diverse backgrounds.
She leads a multi-faceted project examining the well-being of African-Americans, Chinese-Americans, European-Americans and Latinos with type-2 diabetes.
also leads a four-year, community-based effort developing and testing family behavioral intervention for Chinese immigrants with type-2 diabetes.