Guest Lecture: Bridgid Ruden
|Date:||Tuesday, May 1, 2012|
|Location:||Valders Hall of Science—Room 206|
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
Bridgid has been a nurse for 25 years and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 15 years. Her main area of expertise was working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In May of 2008, she experienced traumatic brain injury following a bicycle accident. She has re-learned how to walk, speak, read, write and re-learn basic life skills subsequent to the brain trauma. She continues to be challenged by her disabilities which include: reading, spelling, writing, aphasia, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, vertigo, balance issues and memory loss. Due to these disabilities she had to give up her career. Bridgid has discovered energy, life, and a calling through speaking publicly. Her story of success and challenges through recovery has provided inspiration to health care professionals, brain injury survivors, their advocates and the general public. She has appeared on TV and radio and has been published in articles and books. Her story brings hope to those afflicted with traumatic brain injury and perspective to healthcare professionals working in the field.
Sponsor: Nursing Department
Contact: M. Patricia Donahue, 563-387-1478