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Happ To Give NINR Director’s Lecture

Dr. Mary Beth Happ will give the third 2017 NINR Director’s Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. In her presentation, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Improving Communication with Critically Ill Patients,” Happ will describe her program of research that addresses family bedside presence during critical illness, end-of-life care and treatment decision-making in the ICU and patient and family outcomes in acute-critical illness.

Happ is a nursing distinguished professor of critical care research and associate dean of research and innovation at Ohio State University College of Nursing. She is an NIH-funded researcher in the areas of critical care and aging. For more than 20 years, Happ’s research has focused on improving care and communication with impaired patients and their families and clinicians during hospitalization and at the end of life. She developed the SPEACS-2 online training program and toolkit for use with ICU patients. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing. Happ has authored more than 120 journal articles, editorials and book chapters.

The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit

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