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2010 Henrietta Doltz Puhaty Lecture

A national expert on forensic nursing and family violence with ties to OHSU will speak at Puhaty Lecture.

Prepared by Lee Lewis Husk
This year’s 2010 Henrietta Doltz Puhaty Lecture is a homecoming and reunion of sorts for its guest Dan Sheridanspeaker and members of the OHSU community. Daniel Sheridan, Ph.D, R.N., F.A.A.N, worked at the OHSU Hospital for many years as the coordinator of a trauma department-based family violence intervention program  and as an operating room nurse during the 1990s. He completed his Ph.D. in the School of Nursing in 1998 and returns to the Marquam Hill campus for the first time since 2001 – the year he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md.

Sheridan will present, “Protecting our Vulnerable Elders: Insights into Forensic Nursing,” Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the School of Nursing’s Founders’ Auditorium, Room 144. Now an associate professor at Hopkins and a forensic clinical nurse specialist, Sheridan has more than 20 years of experience with survivors of domestic and family violence. He created and managed hospital-based family violence intervention programs while in Portland as well as in Chicago. He earned baccalaureate and master’s degrees from Rush University in the 1980s. He is a past president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and currently a board member of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Sheridan does abuse and neglect forensic case reviews of vulnerable elders and people with disabilities for state agencies in Oregon, Maryland and Nebraska. “Fifty percent of elder abuse is domestic abuse grown older,” he says. “I saw a lot of domestic violence and sexual assault in the ER, and my interest in abuse of vulnerable patients grew from there.”

The school is holding a reception in the foyer from 5:15 to 6 p.m. before the lecture. Be sure to RSVP. Henrietta Doltz Puhaty, director of the nursing school from 1944 to 1956, and her family established an endowed lectureship to nurture professional growth and development.

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