Author Hudacek to be keynote speaker at BU’s Nurse Lectureship

For immediate release: Sept. 28, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Author and nurse Sharon Hudacek will be the keynote speaker for the eighth annual Faust Memorial Nurse Lectureship at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Hudacek, a nursing professor at the University of Scranton, will give the keynote address, “Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care,” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The talk, focusing on the dimensions of caring, is open to the public free of charge.

Hudacek is the author of three books that detail caring practices in professional nursing. In her “Making a Difference” series, Hudacek documents hundreds of stories of nurses that reveal the underlying dimensions of care within nursing. In 2002, “Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care, Volume I” received the Best of Book Award from Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing.

Hudacek is a graduate of Columbia University with master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing education. Her classroom and clinical concentrations include pharmacology and renal, orthopedic and neurological care of the adult patient. She has been a member of the University of Scranton nursing faculty for 17 years. Earlier this year, the university named Hudacek as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Professor of the Year.

In 2002, Hudacek established the Making a Difference Nurse Scholarship Fund to help licensed practical nurses (LPNs) return to school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Each year, two scholarships are awarded to LPNs to continue their nursing education. All royalties from her books go to the scholarship fund.

The Faust Lectureship is presented by the department of nursing and sponsored by the Eleanor Sharadin Faust Endowment. Faust was a 1938 graduate of Bloomsburg Teachers College.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.