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Work Environment and Patient Safety is the Focus of Hurd Nursing Lecture – April 19

Bethlehem, Pa., April 14, 2005—Dr. Sean P. Clarke, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will discuss “Nurses’ Work Environments – A Key to Patient Safety,” at the 10th Annual Priscilla Payne Hurd Nursing Lectureship on Tuesday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m., in the Laros Auditorium at the Doctor’s Pavilion, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa. The lecture is sponsored by St. Luke’s Hospital and the Moravian College Arts & Lecture.

Clarke is involved in several research projects to investigate the organizational atmosphere and safety issues in Pennsylvania hospitals. A focus of one investigative analysis is to determine how the criteria of staffing nurses, and their hospital work environments, impacts patient care, especially when there is a large caseload of patients. Another project examines the quality of hospital care and the accessibility of care for differing ethnic and racial groups.

In addition to his teaching duties at the University of Pennsylvania, Clarke serves on the school’s prestigious Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and is the Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health and Economics at Penn. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s Sentinel Review Event, as well as an adjunct member of the faculty at the Université de Montréal.

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.

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.