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College of Nursing Faculty Receive National Attention

Published June 2003

Researches at the UC College of Nursing have received national attention with recent publications, awards and appointments.

Kyra Whitmer, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing, has been funded as co-principal investigator by the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) for the study "Management of Cancer-Related Fatigue and Sleep Quality." The study aims to compare two different types of education/counseling programs designed to deal with problems related to cancer treatment. Dr. Whitmer's research will also examine the relationships among commonly reported symptoms during cancer treatment.

An abstract titled "Psychometric Properties of the Implanted Device Adjustment Scale (IDAS)" by Theresa Beery, PhD, RN, assistant professor of nursing, won the Abstract Award for the highest score in the Allied Professionals category from the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE).

Dr. Beery has been accepted, through an extensive competitive review process, to attend the 44th Annual Short Course in Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics at Jackson Labs in Bar Harbor, Maine. This program, taught by world class faculty, with lectures, workshops, and tutorials, is co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and Jackson Labs.

Andrea Lindell, DNSc, RN, dean of the UC College of Nursing, was elected to the Nominating Committee for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for a term of March 2003-2005. Dean Lindell has been a national presence in a variety of leadership roles at AACN for the past 10 years.

Award winning research by Donna Gates, EdD, RN, and Evelyn Fitzwater, DSN, RN, associate professors of nursing, was featured in the article titled "Current Violence Prevention Training Deemed Inadequate." The article, highlighting research recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, was published in the Spring 2003 issue of CNS/LTC, a neurology and psychiatry news publication that focuses on mental health issues in elderly individuals, especially those in long-term care facilities. Other co-authors include College of Nursing faculty member Marilyn Sommers, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Paul Succop, PhD, associate professor, Department of Environmental Health, UC College of Medicine.

Dr. Sommers has been invited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to participate in a consensus panel in Washington, D.C. The panel will explore the state of the science in the area of brief intervention for alcohol-related injury. Dr. Sommers is the principal author of two recent publications addressing measurement issues regarding alcohol consumption. Her co-authors are College of Nursing faculty Janet Wray, PhD, RN, Christine Savage, PhD, RN and Janice Dyehouse, PhD, BSN, MSN.

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