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Oct. 31, 2005

Culp, Everett And Thompson Named Fellows To American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) will induct three University of Iowa College of Nursing faculty members as fellows: Kennith Culp, Ph.D., associate professor; Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D., associate professor, and associate director, chief nursing officer and director of the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics; and Edward Thompson, Ph.D., clinical professor in the College of Nursing and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

The three will be formally inducted at an AAN banquet Nov. 12 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Criteria for AAN membership includes recognition by peers as having made outstanding contributions to nursing over and above those required in one's position of employment. AAN members are considered the best and brightest in the nursing discipline, nurse leaders who are at the top of their profession.

Culp is a nurse epidemiologist at the UI College of Nursing, where his research has focused on older adults in non-hospital settings. For the last 14 years of his 25-year nursing career, Culp has focused on various aspects of hydration and kidney function as it relates to cognition in long-term care elders. His work has provided challenging research experiences for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in gerontological nursing.

Recently, Culp has added research emphasis to include older adults in the workplace, establishing a graduate program in occupational and environmental health nursing within the multidisciplinary Heartland Center at the UI. Culp also advocates for older workers by helping human resource managers understand the competitive business environment of the U.S. labor market. He recently extended this focus to developing countries, bringing together risk-holders and government leaders in The Gambia for a conference on work safety.

In addition to her faculty status with the UI College of Nursing, Everett directs the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, as well as a number of hospital-based departments, at UI Hospitals and Clinics, where she has worked since 1999. She is responsible for approximately 3,000 hospital employees. During her tenure, the department received the prestigious Magnet Hospital Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. UI Hospitals and Clinics was the first hospital in Iowa to earn the international award.

Long recognized as a leader in the nursing profession, Everett was recently selected to serve as president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She will assume a one-year presidency beginning Jan. 1, 2007. Everett also serves as treasurer of the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation board of directors, one of the world's largest professional organizations for nurses. She is an editorial advisor for the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) and serves as a reviewer for the Jacobs Institute for Women's Health. In addition, Everett held an appointment to the Health Systems Study Section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 2002-2005. She has been an invited speaker for many national, as well as international, meetings and groups. Her expertise, combined with her enthusiasm for the profession, is apparent to those with whom she works. 

Everett's partnership with the dean and faculty in the College of Nursing has resulted in several collaborative projects. These projects include: implementation of a prototype of American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader role; development of a joint Nursing Education Center; and many nursing research activities.

Since 1998, Thompson has been director of the college's Nurse Anesthetist Program and holds joint appointments as a professor in the college's Systems & Practice Area of Study and in the Department of Anesthesia in the UI Carver College of Medicine. Thompson is well known for his technological innovations that transformed the practice of cardiovascular anesthesia administration by enhancing the clinical management provided by nurse-anesthetists. He had a major role in the design, programming and implementation of a computerized, automated charting system used by nurse anesthetists during those demanding surgeries.

Additionally, Thompson established distance education and consultation technology that ultimately brings much-needed, high-quality anesthesia care to rural hospitals and their communities. His Internet-based, two-way audio/video education program has enabled qualified nurses in rural areas to become certified registered nurse anesthetists without permanently relocating to the UI.

"We're very proud to see Drs. Culp, Everett and Thompson elected as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing," said Melanie C. Dreher, Ph.D., the Kelting Dean and Professor in the UI College of Nursing. "It is a prestigious honor they have earned through their dedication to the nursing profession and their passion for improving health care. They join 16 other members of our faculty who are fellows of the AAN, leaders in their field - a distinguished accomplishment."

The American Academy of Nursing was established in 1973 to provide visionary leadership to the nursing profession in shaping future health care policy and practice, and optimizes the well-being of the American people through the synthesis of scientific and philosophical knowledge. There are currently 1,500 fellows in the academy.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Michele Francis, 319-335-8960, michele-francis@uiowa.edu