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Annual Sipple Lecture at Moravian to focus on Leadership

Dr. Karen Morin, R.N., D.S.N. to present lecture held to honor of Janet A. Sipple

Bethlehem, Pa., October 14, 2009—Dr. Karen Morin, R.N., D.S.N., will present, “So you want to be a leader…” at the annual Janet A. Sipple Lecture on Wednesday, October 28 at 5:30 pm at Moravian College.  This year, it will be held in Foy Hall, with a reception following in the Payne Gallery. Morin is a professor of nursing and the graduate programs director at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her education and leadership expertise and has held leadership positions in a variety of nursing organizations for more than 20 years.

Morin served as president of her state nurses association in the late 1990s, having served on numerous committees prior to assuming the presidency. In addition, she served as chair of the Delaware Section of AWHONN and then as member of the national board of directors.  She was selected as President—Elect of Sigma Theta Tau International in 2007 and became President in this year. Morin is also founding faculty in the STTI/ Johnson & Johnson MCH Leadership Academy and continues to play a key role in the development of its curriculum and structure, which included co-chairing the WHO/STTI task force on establishing global standards for basic nursing and midwifery education. Morin’s areas of research include exploring the effects of obesity on pregnancy, gendered issues in health care, and faculty development issues.

The Janet A. Sipple Lecture Endowment Fund, which funds the lecture, was created to honor Sipple for her role in establishing The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College. The endowment was conceived in consultation with members of the nursing faculty to support programming on international health care, public health leadership, or world community service.

The Sipple Lectures are open to all students and members of the greater Lehigh Valley community. Professor Sipple, who retired as department chair in 2006 but continues to teach first-year through senior level courses, is recognized for her leadership and dedication to professional nursing education and the baccalaureate program at Moravian College.

The 2008 Lecture is sponsored by the Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, which is the International Honor Society of Nursing; Moravian College Arts and Lectures Committee and Pennsylvania Eastern Region Organization of Nurse Leaders (PERONL).  Contributions to the endowment fund may be sent to the Office of Development, Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018, or made online at www.moravian.edu/giving.

The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College offers an innovative curriculum leading to a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) with the major in Nursing. The program is designed to address the changing role of the nurse within health care during the 21st century. The R.N.-B.S. program has been developed to deliver the highest quality baccalaureate nursing education to registered nurses in a flexible format.  All of the courses provided through Moravian College are designed so that they are relevant to the learning needs of adult students and the nursing courses will complement prior coursework and experience. The Moravian College R.N.-B.S. program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Offered in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network and Moravian College’s Comenius Center, courses prepare today’s nurses for essential leadership roles in nursing administration, education and practice environments. Graduate coursework is designed to foster interdisciplinary exchange and learning with Nursing, Education and Business Administration Faculty. The M.S. Program in Nursing has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin enrollment into its graduate tracks as of Fall 2009.