Dean of UR School of Nursing Gives Pair of Lectures at Brickstone by St. John’s

Dr. Kathy Rideout gives a lecture about nursing as Brickstone resident Dr. Harriet Kitzman listens.


When the average person thinks of what it means to be a nurse, a specific, stereotypical image often comes to mind. However, Dr. Kathy Rideout proves every day that there is more to it than that. Much, much more.

Rideout is the Dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and twice in the past few weeks she has visited the Wintergarden at Brickstone by St. John’s to talk about the ways nursing is evolving. Rideout addressed crowds of about 25 people on July 28 and August 4, talking about how she and her colleagues at the UR School of Nursing are using research from the nurses’ unique perspective to further health initiatives with positive outcomes both locally and globally. Rideout is one of few deans anywhere in the country who continues to practice, making regular visits to patients as an active nurse. The events were organized by Brickstone residents Dr. Harriet Kitzman and her husband Dennis Kitzman.

While research runs the gamut regarding health issues and demographics, there is a definitive place for senior care and aging. Rideout spoke about, among other things, the importance of applying research of how people age well and what conditions they need to thrive. The audience was able to ask questions after her presentation that were even more pointed to their specific interests.

Both speaking engagements were well received by guests, and provoked discussion about the ways nursing research can help create a better environment for the elderly. 

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