Nursing Professor Explores the Art of Caregiving

A nursing professor who has explored how art can help patients and their families will give the 19th annual Janet A. Rodgers Nursing Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. in the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre. 

Sandra M. Walsh, professor of nursing in the graduate program at Barry University School of Nursing in Miami, Florida, will discuss “Making Connections through Art.”


Walsh has received numerous honors for her work with vulnerable patient populations, including the prestigious Edith Moore Copeland Award for Excellence in Creativity and a Duke University Distinguished School of Nursing Alumni Award. In 2006, Walsh was named the outstanding faculty member at Barry University. In addition to her professional activities, Walsh is an award-winning member of the Miami Watercolor Society.


The lecture honors Janet A. Rodgers, former dean of the USD Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. A $25 donation to the Janet A. Rodgers Nursing Endowed Scholarship is suggested. Admission is free for USD faculty, students and staff. A reception follows the lecture.


The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law, and Nursing and Health Science.



About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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