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Nurse Researcher to Deliver Annual Bullough Lecture

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: October 1, 2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Mary A. Blegen, professor and interim associate dean for research in the School of Nursing at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, will present the sixth annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture, to be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Center for Tomorrow on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

Her lecture will be titled "Quality Patient Care: Links to Nurse Staffing."

The lecture, named for the late dean of the UB School of Nursing, will be free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 829-2533 for reservations.

Blegen has numerous active research projects, including a national study of nurse staffing and the quality of patient care, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research; a study of the validity of quality indicators in long-term care -- including nurse staffing levels -- to determine which would be useful in a Nursing Home Report Card, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); the Description of Nurses' Medication Administration Activities and the Safety Climate on Acute Care Units, funded by AHRQ, and Nursing Care Unit Report Cards in Acute Care.

Her teaching areas have included the analysis of health-care outcomes (effectiveness research), research methods and analysis, construction of nursing theory and health-care systems and policy.

Blegen received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and a master's degree in nursing and a doctorate in sociology, both from the University of Iowa.