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Hurd Nursing Lecture to Focus on Leadership

Bethlehem, Pa., April 17, 2006—St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College will hold the 11th Annual Priscilla Payne Hurd Nursing Lectureship on Tuesday, April 18. “Leadership…Lessons Learned the Hard Way” will be presented by Dr. Gail Wolf, professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. The lecture will take place at 1 p.m. at the Laros Auditorium at St. Luke’s Hospital’s Bethlehem Campus.

Wolf is the coordinator of nursing leadership in the department of acute and tertiary care at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing. Her research interests include organizational dynamics, team development and systems. Wolf and two colleagues developed A Transformational Model for Professional Practice in Health Care Organizations. Wolf has spent 24 years teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, founding a three-tiered Leadership Academy in 1999 to better prepare leaders in the health-care industry. In addition to her contributions at the University of Pittsburgh, she has presented seminars and lectures in the United States, Canada, Finland, Greece, Italy, Australia, and Japan.

The lectureship established in 1996 by Priscilla Payne Hurd invites outstanding leaders of national and international stature to St. Luke’s Hospital to address critical concerns in the nursing and healthcare fields. In addition to the keynote speaker, the day also features workshops for nursing students.

Priscilla Payne Hurd is the singular honorary degree and pin recipient of the St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College. She is the only lifetime trustee of St. Luke’s Hospital, and the only woman who has ever served as chair of the board of trustees. In 2003, she received the first American Journal of Nursing Beatrice Renfield Caring for the Caregiver Award for her philanthropic generosity. Hurd is also a member of the Moravian College Board of Trustees since 1974. She has presided as its first woman chairperson since 1999. She is a staunch supporter of Moravian College, particularly of the Hurd Center for Music and Art and the Comenius scholarships. She is the recipient of honorary degrees from both Moravian College and De Sales University.

Additionally, Hurd is a trustee for both the Frank E. Payne and Seba B. Payne Foundation and the Association of American Museums. She is a member of Historic Bethlehem, Inc. In 1993, she was named an Eminent Fellow of the American Biographical Institute for her interests in biographies.

The speech is sponsored in-part by the Moravian College Arts and Lectures Committee. Admission to the program is limited to Moravian students and St. Luke’s Hospital personnel. For more information, contact Dr. Janet Sipple, professor and chair of the nursing department at Moravian College, at 610-625–1607 or sipplej@moravian.edu.