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
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.