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USM School of Nursing Announces Inaugural Event of Martha Skoner Lecture Series

The University of Southern Maine School of Nursing announces the inaugural lecture of the Martha Skoner Lecture Series. Suzanne Gordon, award-winning journalist and author/editor of 12 books, will present the talk, “Nursing’s Role in Patient Safety: What Nurses Need to do to Prepare for Interprofessional Practice and Teamwork” at 6 p.m., Thursday, September 6, in USM’s Hannaford Hall on the Portland campus. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Marcia Goldenberg, lecturer of nursing at USM, at 207-780-4136 or

Gordon’s most recent book, “First, Do Less Harm: Confronting the Inconvenient Problems of Patient Safety,” raises the issue of patient safety from a variety of perspectives and focuses on the critical role of interprofessional and occupational practice in patient safety. Using insights from her book, she will discuss the role nurses can play in solving the communication problems that exist in medical settings.

This first lecture of the Martha Skoner Lecture Series was established at USM’s School of Nursing through a generous bequest from Skoner’s estate. Professor Emerita of Nursing Skoner taught at USM from 1987-1999 and held a B.S. in nursing education, a master’s of nursing education and a Ph.D. in nursing, all from the University of Pittsburgh in her home state of Pennsylvania. The lectures will bring speakers to USM’s campus to discuss contemporary topics in nursing.

Gordon will be on hand for a reception immediately following the talk to sign books. Copies of “First: Do Less Harm” will be on sale.