National Expert Discusses End-of-Life Care

Healthy Times, Summer 2002 issue


McAuley School of Nursing's annual Distinguished Scholar Lecture


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More than 100 people attended the 2002 Distinguished Nurse Scholar Lecture in April to hear Diana Wilkie, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, speak on "End of Life Care: Linkages between Education, Service and Research." Wilkie described the revolution in care of people with life-threatening illnesses and detailed the evidence-based skills required for nurturing excellence in care during end-of-life transition.

"Our distinguished nurse scholar this year, Dr. Wilkie, points out the importance of attending to end-of-life issues," says Suzanne Mellon, dean, College of Health Professions. "With the aging of our population and the critical need to attend to quality of life issues and pain control at the end of life, her research contributes significantly to the discipline of nursing and the delivery of quality care."

Wilkie, a professor at the School of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at University of Washington-Seattle, has done extensive research in pain and symptom control at end-of-life. She was the Principal Investigator for the multimedia toolkit designed to instruct nurses about end-of-life transition. She has also published extensively about pain management, and lectures on pain assessment and management topics, such as new information available for safe, effective use of analgesics and end-of-life care.

The lecture was sponsored by UDM's McAuley School of Nursing, Trinity Health and Lambda Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.