Challenges in Balancing Careers and Home to be Topic of College Healthcare Lecture

February 10, 2011

How do professional women balance multiple roles in their personal and professional lives? Find out at a lecture in Southern Vermont College’s Everett Mansion Theatre on Tuesday, March 1, at 2:45 p.m. The lecture, “Families Planning Forward: Wholistically Processing a Rich Life,” will be presented by Professor Susan Murphy, Ph.D., Director of the RN-BS/MS Program in the Division of Nursing at Rivier College in Nashua, N.H., and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Part of the College’s James L. FitzGerald, MD, FACS, Annual Invitational Health Services Series, Dr. Murphy’s lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Burgdorff Gallery.

A specialist in women’s health, nursing theory and research, Dr. Murphy has long been interested in the challenges faced by professional women who are simultaneously raising young children. Based on conclusions which stem from her original study, she will present voices of women as they reflect on their attempts to maintain balance, and discuss her findings in relation to current literature on the subject.

“People in general need balance in their lives,” said Dr. Murphy, “but working women, in particular, are often challenged in finding balance in their personal and professional lives. Meeting conflicting role responsibilities is often stressful, and can lead to role strain and negative health consequences. The lecture should be of interest to all involved in juggling multiple roles, as well as those interested in women’s and family health and gender roles studies.”

Dr. Murphy began her nursing career as a Diploma nurse in Acute Care and now has nearly 40 years of nursing experience. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Worcester State College, she obtained a national certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and worked in Ambulatory Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. Later she received a master’s degree in Maternal/Child Health Nursing from Boston College, and then national certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. After earning a Ph.D. from Boston College, she continued her teaching career at Rivier College, where she is now Director of the RN-BS/MS Nursing Program.

For more information on Murphy’s lecture, contact the College’s Office of Communications at 802-447-6389/6388 or