April 12, 2006
Lt. Eric Palmer, of the Nurse Corps of the United States Navy, will be the keynote speaker when the Morningside College Nursing Education Department and the Morningside Student Nurses Association hold their 24th annual Maud Adams Research Day from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 20, at the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue, and the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue.
Palmer, a 1996 Morningside graduate, has been named the 2006 Morningside Nursing Alumnus of the Year. This award is presented for commitment to nursing and outstanding leadership in the profession. He will present his address “Nursing Diagnosis and You: Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Others” at 8:30 a.m. in the Randolph Room of the Olsen Student Center.
The Nursing Alumni Scholarship will be presented in Palmer’s honor to Jenna Mansker of Sioux City during the opening address. Mansker is a senior at Sioux City East High School and plans to enroll at Morningside this fall to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing degree. The scholarship is presented to a student who shows potential for outstanding professionalism in nursing.
Throughout the day, Morningside nursing students will present their research utilization projects on topics such as assessing and preventing delirium, treating post-partum depression, preventing medication errors, and helping clients and their families in the dying process. The presentations will take place in the Randolph Room, the Hickman Dining Room, and the Maud Adams Conference Room in the Olsen Student Center and Room 101 and the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center.
A program that will feature interactive experiences for high school students to learn about the nursing profession will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nursing Learning Laboratory in the Hindman-Hobbs Center, 3501 Peters Avenue.
Palmer is currently the officer program manager for the central region of navy recruiting and was recently awarded the military outstanding servicemen’s medal for his work with the Boy Scouts of America.
Palmer has served at the “Flagship of Navy Medicine” in San Diego, Calif., as a staff nurse in the medical-surgical intensive care unit and as the nurse manager of the interventional radiology suites. He served for three years at the largest overseas Navy hospital in Okinawa, Japan, where he worked as a staff nurse on a multi-service medical-surgical inpatient ward and later as the nurse manager of a three-room conscious sedation suite.
The nursing research day, started in 1983 as a tribute to the late Maud Adams, was created to feature the work of students and to provide a mechanism to promote
professional development. Adams, a former chair of the Morningside nursing department,
was an instrumental leader in the early days of the department of nursing education. Before she came to Morningside, Adams served as a staff nurse, instructor, and administrator in various public health agencies and nursing programs.
For additional information, contact the Morningside College nursing education department at 712-274-5156.