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The Seventh Annual McGinley-Rice Symposium

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"Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations:
The Face of the Person with a Disability"

October 27-28, 2016

About the Symposium

The McGinley-Rice Symposium on Justice for Vulnerable Populations is a unique scholarly forum for nurses and other health care professionals to address issues of social justice in health care. Organized annually by the holder of the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley-Rice Symposium is an expression of the mission of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic missionary order that founded Duquesne and assists needy and marginalized persons throughout the world.

Program Book

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Keynote Speakers

William H. Christy, CSSp
Assistant Director, Spiritan Campus Ministry
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Rory A. Cooper, PhD
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Catherine Gaines Ling, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor & Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Director
University of South Florida, Boca Raton, FL

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, RN, EdD, ANEF, FAAN
Professor and Director, Center for Nursing Research
Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, PA

Plenary Panels

"Training, Research, and Family Perspectives to Address Issues of Social Justice in Health Care"

Robert Noll, Ph.D.
Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Cheryl Messick, Ph.D.
Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Bryant
Parent Advocate

"Experiencing Disability"

The Language of Disability
Erik Garrett, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication & Rhetorical Studies
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Growing Toward Independence
Rudley Mrvos
Principal and Supervisor of Occupational and Physical Therapists
Pittsburgh Conroy, Pittsburgh PA


Continuing Education Credits

10.5 Continuing Education Credits will be awarded for nurses and other health professionals. Partial credits can be awarded: 6.5 credits for attending Thursday and 4 credits for attending Friday.

Duquesne University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.