Marquette University News Release

Helping children cope with death is topic of nursing lecture

November 6, 2008

Dr. Betty Davies, professor of family health care nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, will present “When Someone is Dying: Helping the Children,” for Marquette University’s James Wake Memorial Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be delivered Friday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in room 111 of Emory Clark Hall, 530 N. 16th St. A reception will follow.


Davies’ current research focuses on two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the experiences of Chinese and Latino families in pediatric palliative care and to explore the experiences of fathers of seriously ill children. She is director of a training grant that prepares acute-care pediatric nurse practitioners to have an end-of-life focus and is on the professional advisory board of George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, Calif., the first children’s hospice in the United States.


Davies also helped establish North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has published more than 100 articles and two books and received the 2008 distinguished career achievement award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.


The lecture is presented by the Institute for End of Life Care Education at Marquette’s College of Nursing in memory of James Wake, husband of former Marquette Provost Madeline Wake, who is now a university professor. Wake was a chaplain who devoted his career to helping others through social work and chaplaincy.

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