On February 27, 2014 in the UCSF Lange Room, the Hartford Center and the Department of Community and Health Systems enthusiastically hosted Dr. Lois Evans (pictured here with Caroline Stephens and Jeanie S. Kayser-Jones) to join the faculty and students for an evening of networking and sharing. In her presentation, Dr. Evans, Professor Emerita, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, traced aspects of a 50 year career trajectory, mostly with photos and stories, showing how interweaving practice, education and research opportunities made for interesting, productive and rewarding contributions to nursing and health care for older adults. Jeanie S. Kayser-Jones, PhD, FAAN, Professor Emerita, Gerontological Nursing & Medical Anthropology and Founding Director of UCSF/John A. Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, moderated.
(Jeanie S. Kayser-Jones moderating with Lois Evans)
The evening was a big hit with a chance for students and faculty to interact and ask questions. Dr. Evan's presentation touched on several components, including reflecting on the influences of ‘happenstance and deliberate selection’ on a career trajectory; discuss ways of integrating practice, education and research across a career continuum; identifying how key mentors and colleagues inspire, shape and motivate one’s development; and recognizing the role of transitions in shaping a career.
(From left: Carmen Portillo, Chair, UCSF Dept. of Community Health Systems, Jeanie S. Kayser-Jones and Nancy Dudley, Hartford Doctoral Student, 2014-16 Archbold Predoctoral Scholar)
About Dr. Evans:
Dr. Evans’ career-- as one of the nation's foremost leaders in care of the elderly -- embraces several components. Along with her colleague, Dr. Neville Strumpf, Dr. Evans developed new ground-breaking, policy shaping research that reduced the use of restraints on frail elders in the nation's nursing homes and hospitals. As faculty director, Dr. Evans played a major role in launching the academic clinical practices of the School of Nursing, offering rehabilitation to frail elders and primary care to low-income families who otherwise might go without health care. During her tenure as Family and Community Health Division Chair, she facilitated the development and implementation of a faculty mentorship program. Within the University, she provided interprofessional leadership in efforts related to aging and to faculty diversity.