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Release: July 2, 2001

Nursing scholars participate in gerontological nursing seminar

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seventeen nursing scholars from across the nation participated in the Gerontological Nursing Research Summer Scholars Seminar, held June 18-22 at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Training individuals in the area of gerontological nursing research was the main focus of the seminar. Participants attended a variety of workshops during the week, involving topics such as the current state of gerontological nursing science, issues in research with minority populations and research challenges in elderly populations.

Small group sessions were held with seminar faculty to allow for more in-depth discussion of current gerontological nursing research issues. In addition, participants prepared and presented research proposals and received comments and critique from seminar faculty from the UI, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Wayne State University.

The Iowa Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center (GNIRC) sponsored the Gerontological Nursing Research Summer Scholars Seminar. The Hartford Center, established last December with the help of a $1.33 million grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation, implements initiatives in research, education, nursing practice and health practice to improve the quality of nursing care for older people.

The GNIRC sponsorship of the event reflects a continued need for gerontological nursing research and the importance of training gerontological nursing researchers. The GNIRC's creation in 1994 has allowed for more UI nurse investigator research with National Institutes of Health funding.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is the list of nursing scholars who participated in the Gerontological Nursing Research Summer Scholars Seminar at the University of Iowa. Receipt of this release indicates that a nursing scholar from an institution in your area took part in the seminar.)

ILLINOIS

Mattie Brown, Ed.D., R.N.; Assistant Professor, Chicago State University Business & Health Services

INDIANA

Sara Horton-Deutsch, D.N.Sc., R.N.; Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing

Susan Moore, D.N.S., R.N.; Lecturer, Indiana University School of Nursing

IOWA

Eunice Choi, D.N.Sc., R.N.; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iowa College of Nursing

KANSAS

Wanda Bonnel, Ph.D., R.N.; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Karen Hayes, Ph.D., R.N.; Assistant Professor, Wichita State University School of Nursing

MICHIGAN

Olivia Washington, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Wayne State University College of Nursing

MISSISSIPPI

Lola Case, D.N.S., F.N.P.; Associate Professor, Alcorn State University School of Nursing

Georgia Hutchins; Alcorn State University School of Nursing, Natchez Campus

MISSOURI

Mary A. Aud, Ph.D., R.N.; Research Nurse, University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing

Kathryn Burks, Ph.D., R.N.; Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing

Pamela Cacchoine, Ph.D., R.N., C.S.G.N.P.; Assistant Professor, St. Louis University School of Nursing

Victoria Grando, Ph.D., R.N.; Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing

Edith Hamilton, Ph.D., R.N.C.S., G.N.P.; Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing

Cynthia Russell, Ph.D., R.N.; Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Missouri Hospital

NEBRASKA

Janet Cuddigan, Ph.D., R.N.; Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Nursing

TENNESSEE

Sheila Decker, R.N., C.S.; Instructor of Practice, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing