Naratil Family Health and Human Values Lecture Series


Started in 1994, the Health and Human Values Lecture Series is an annual series of lectures, formerly supported by a grant from the Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies. In 2015, thanks to the generosity of the Naratil Family, the series was once again funded and renamed as the Naratil Family Health and Human Values Lecture Series.

Lectures are scheduled for fall and spring of the academic year. Each series is based on a theme, such as changing paradigms in health care, global health issues and communicating identity. Lectures are held on the campus of Villanova University and are free and open to the community. The Naratil Family Health and Human Values Lecture Series encompasses the College of Nursing’s Annual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing which began on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 1978. This event, co-sponsored by the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, brings together members of the student body, alumni, University and regional community to hear the insights of prominent national and international speakers.

Medication Safety: Empowering Nurses Beyond the Five Rights

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Driscoll Hall Auditorium

Susan Paparella ’86 BSN, ’02 MSN, RN
Vice President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Horsham, Pa.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices is a nonprofit organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention. An industry expert, Susan Paparella has directed and performed onsite medication safety risk assessments and root cause analyses for hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This event is ACS-approved.

College of Nursing 37th Annual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing- 21st Century Nursing Ethics: Preserving Integrity and Building Moral Resilience

Date: Tuesday, November17, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
Anne and George Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics
Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

In recognition of the impact ethical practice has on patient safety and the quality of care, the American Nurses Association has designated 2015 as the “Year of Ethics,” highlighted by the release of a revised code of ethics for the profession. Dr. Rushton brings her perspective as an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and palliative care, who shares her knowledge through clinical practice, teaching, research and consultation. Her scholarship focuses on palliative care, moral distress, caregiver suffering, and conceptual foundations of integrity, respect, trust, and betrayal. She serves as Co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Consultation Service and as an International Co-Director of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health.

This event is ACS-approved.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International — nursing’s honor society.

From Market to Misinformation: Addressing the Science and Facts of Vaccines

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Connelly Center Cinema

Robert Leggiadro, MD, ’72 CLAS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Villanova University Previous Medical Director Vaccines, Pfizer, Inc.

Robert McNally, PhD, ’70 COE
President and CEO GeoVax, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

Patricia Stinchfield, APRN, CNP
Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Director of Children’s Immunizations Project Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Ga. 


Official establishments such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have acknowledged that the increase in life expectancy in the 20th century was largely due to improved access to vaccinations. Today there is a race to develop new vaccines for diseases such as Ebola, HIV, Streptococcus A infections and even cancer. In spite of these ground-breaking, scientific advances some people still elect not to be vaccinated or have their children vaccinated. So what does this mean for the society’s health? A panel of experts will discuss the bigger picture of infectious diseases and vaccinations, as well as the science that brings them from market to patient.

This event is ACS-approved.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global and Public Health

Cherish the Ladies: A Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Southeast Haiti

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Driscoll Hall Auditorium

Louise Lindenmeyr, FNP-BC
Hudson River Healthcare, Amenia, New York
Medical Director, Hispañola Health Partners, Inc.

Prior to becoming a board certified family nurse practitioner, Louise Lindenmeyr worked in intensive care units in New York City and as a midwife in rural Maine. She has extensive international experience. Following the development of an alternative to the logistically difficult Pap smear as a way to screen women for cervical cancer, she took that technology to the far-flung corners of Haiti. Strapping a CO2 tank to the back of a motorcycle, Louise built a program of “see and treat.” She has screened approximately 600 women so far and has treated 5% of those women for positive results with cryotherapy. Even more importantly, in the spring of 2014 she began training Haitian doctors and nurses in the use of VIA/cryo. Now there is a fully trained Haitian nurse doing the screenings, treatments and supervising trainees in a large southeast Haiti community.

This event is ACS-approved.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global and Public Health



Additional Information

For more information about the lectures, directions, or to be added to the mailing list, call the College of Nursing at (610) 519-4900.

All lectures are held at Villanova University and are free and open to the community.