School of Nursing Dean to Give Talk on Sleep and Cancer

November 17, 2008

Kathy Parker, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean of the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing and a nationally recognized sleep disorders researcher, will give a free talk on “Sleep/Waking in Patients with Advanced Cancer” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Strong Memorial Hospital’s Whipple Auditorium, Room 2-6424. The event is part of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Parker, an adult nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist in adult health, studies how the cycle of sleeping and waking is disturbed in patients with chronic illnesses and looks at developing ways to test population-specific treatments. She also focuses on the study of sleep in cancer patients with pain.

One of only five nurses in the country certified in Clinical Sleep Disorders by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, Parker was named the fourth dean of the School of Nursing in July. Prior to that appointment, she was a professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Nursing at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta.

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