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Laverne Gallman Distinguished Lectureship in Nursing presents "Can You Hear Me Now?" 
The Role of Communication in Clinical Practice

Presented by: Kathleen Dracup, RN, DNSc, FAAN Professor
Emerita Department of Physiological Nursing
University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing

Synoposis: In both acute and chronic health care settings, mounting evidence that interprofessional practice models facilitate the triple aim of health care, i.e., improving the patient’s experience of care, improving the health of individuals and populations, and reducing the cost of health care. Achieving interprofessional models in practice has not been emphasized in our education, but increasingly schools of nursing, medicine, pharmacy and others are undertaking educational reforms to achieve improved team competencies. In this lecture, we will consider the impetus for change from the perspective of patient safety, and consider the barriers and strategies to achieve better communication among members of the team. Finally, we will consider some of the examples from universities around the country who are experimenting with structures to support interprofessional education.

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013

Time: Lecture 3:00 p.m. | Reception to Follow

Location: Hargis Hall, Tower Room | 1823 Red River, Austin, Texas

Parking: Self parking is available in Trinity Garage for a fee. Trinity Garage is located at the intersection of Trinity and MLK.

Admission: Free Admission. Open to the public.

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Dr. Kathleen A. Dracup

Dr. Kathleen A. Dracup

About Kathleen A. Dracup, PhD, R.N.

Kathleen Dracup is the Dean Emeritus of the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She is recognized internationally for her investigation in the care of patients with heart disease and the effects of this disease on spouses and other family members. In her interdisciplinary program of research, she has tested a variety of interventions designed to reduce the emotional distress experienced by cardiac patients and their family members and to reduce morbidity and mortality from sudden cardiac death. She consistently has been awarded extramural funding for her research and has published her research in more than 350 articles, chapters, and books. She served as the editor of Heart & Lung for over a decade and was the co-editor of the American Journal of Critical Care for almost two decades. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Australia. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She was awarded the American Heart Association's Eugene Braunwald Award for Academic Mentorship in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Heart Failure Society of America in 2011.