Baylor School of Nursing Hosts Art Exhibition to Help Family Caregivers

LHSON art exhibit
Photo courtesy of Ruby Drye
April 22, 2013

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DALLAS (April 22, 2013) - Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) will present an art exhibition called "The Life of a Caregiver Portrayed through Photography" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. The free event will take place at LHSON, located at 3700 Worth St. in Dallas.

The lived experiences of family caregivers to older adults will be depicted in photographs at the exhibition, which is the culminating result of a participatory action research study conducted by LHSON faculty, along with undergraduate nursing students and members of the community. The lead authors of the study were Shelby Garner, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E. and Mary Ann Faucher, Ph.D., C.N.M.

"The purpose of the study is to illuminate the challenges and supports experienced by family caregivers of the older adult," Garner said. "Participants in the study took photographs, wrote narratives about their experiences, and identified themes among the group. This type of methodology is called a Photovoice Study. VOICE stands for 'Voicing Our Individual and Collective Experiences.'

"Community stakeholders, those who are interested in advocacy, including policymakers, are invited to attend the art exhibit. Identification of challenges and support systems will help advocates and policymakers increase community support systems," said Garner.

This study was approved by the Baylor University Institutional Review Board and funded by the Office of the Vice-Provost and the university's Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Grant.

An RSVP is appreciated for this event and can be sent to Shelby_Garner@baylor.edu. For further information about Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing, click here.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

ABOUT LOUISE HERRINGTON SCHOOL OF NURSING

The Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees were awarded in 1954, establishing the school as one of the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States. In 1999, the School was renamed the Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, made a $13 million endowment gift to the school. The School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a master of science in nursing degrees in advanced neonatal nursing, nursing administration and management, and family nurse practitioner programs, which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School also offers a nurse midwifery doctorate in nursing practice.

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