Seminar Series: Failure or Full Circle: 35 years of research in Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making…getting to the next level with Laurie Badzek, LLM, JD, MS, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Monday, Mar 27, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Bloomberg School of Public Health Feinstone Hall
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD

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This presentation follows the path of advance care planning (ACP) and surrogate decision making from conception to the current state through the presenter’s perspective. The value of ACP is currently the subject of debate and mixed feelings. This presentation presents the challenges of ACP.

Laurie Badzek, Professor and Dean of Penn State’s College of Nursing is a nurse, attorney, and educator, who specializes in genomics education and competency, health care ethics and law, nursing practice, and ethical decision making. Badzek assumed her current role as College of Nursing Dean in July 2018, she oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs at 12 Commonwealth Campuses and online in the World Campus. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Association Colleges of Nursing Deans, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is a Fellow with the National Academies of Practice, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Wharton Leadership Program, and American Academy of Nursing.

Badzek’s commitment to ethical leadership led her to serve as Director of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights for over 18 years, stepping down in 2017.  While Director, she was instrumental in revising the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements in 2001 and 2015 and participated in the development of the Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines, and Outcome Indicators.

In October 2020, Dean Badzek received the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Leadership in Ethics Award. The award was created to recognize a registered nurse who has authentically demonstrated the highest standards of ethics and leadership in their daily practice, served as an ethical role model, and promoted ethical dialogue and scholarship.  In 2021, she was selected as a Hastings Center Fellow.

Badzek and her associates have conducted research in end-of-life decisions and advance care planning as well as genomics that has been funded by the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing, National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Cancer Institute, and published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Nursing Outlook, Precision Medicine, Palliative Medicine, JAMA open, and American Nurse Today. As a PI, Badzek conducted one of the largest US studies examining the translation of genomics to bedside care. Her work in end of life care and advance directives spans 3 decades of research and publication activities.

Dean Badzek received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a juris doctorate from West Virginia University and master’s degree in nursing and an advanced postgraduate law degree with a focus on health law, policy and ethics from DePaul University.