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Release: April 7, 2003

Nurse Scholars At University Of Iowa Win Major Grants

Three current nurse scholars at the University of Iowa recently received major grants to help support their research and studies in the crucial field of geriatric nursing. A fourth nurse with ties to the UI also earned a grant.

The John A. Hartford Foundation's Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar program selected 20 nurse scholars to receive up to $100,000 to support their studies and research in the field of geriatric nursing. The nurse scholars, 12 predoctoral and eight postdoctoral, were chosen through a national competition as part of the Hartford Foundation's initiative aimed at building academic geriatric nursing capacity.

The UI recipients include Barbara A. Rakel, Ph.D., in the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, Office of Research and Quality Management at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Lisa S. Kelley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UI College of Nursing, and Marianne Smith, of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

In addition, Karen Lynn Moomaw Rose, formerly of the UI and currently serving at the University of Virginia, received a grant.

The U.S. health care system serves a large and growing population of older adults. Today, older adults represent the majority of primary care visits, home care visits, hospital admissions and long-term care residents. In addition, the geriatric content of nursing education at all levels is minimal to nonexistent. Coupled with a well-documented nursing shortage, the quality of care for these elder adults faces an unequivocal and unacceptable threat.

The Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program aims to reduce this disparity by producing expert academicians, practitioners and researchers who will lead the field of geriatric nursing and ultimately improve the care of elders in our society.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Trustees has committed more than $29 million to prepare gerontology nurse educators, researchers, practitioners and curriculum during the past two years. The Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity initiative funds five Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and established seven additional university-based investment projects and scholarships to build capacity in geriatric nursing education, leadership, research and best practice models.

The 2003 Scholars join 39 other colleagues selected since the program began in 2000. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $5.6 million in scholarships for nurses through this program.

For further information regarding the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program and Scholar Applications, go to or call (202) 651-7242 or contact Patricia D. Franklin, program manager, at (202) 651-7047 or

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) represents leaders in nursing care who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to health care. The Academy was established in 1973 under the aegis of the American Nurses Association, the professional organization representing the nation's 2.7 million registered nurses.

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,
Writer: Tom Moore.