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Nov. 13, 2003

Two UI College Of Nursing Faculty Inducted To FAAN

The American Academy of Nursing will induct two University of Iowa College of Nursing faculty as fellows. Keela Herr, Ph.D., professor of nursing, and Ann Marie McCarthy, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, will be formally inducted into the American Academy of Nursing Nov. 15 in San Diego.

Criteria for Academy membership includes recognition by peers as having made outstanding contributions to nursing over and above those required in one's position of employment.

Herr's program of research focused on improving the assessment and management of pain in older adults has greatly enhanced the way this rapidly growing population is cared for in hospitals and nursing homes. She has been a passionate advocate for this underserved group that often receives inadequate pain relief.

Herr has impacted the national agenda for pain research, practice and education through leadership roles in the American Pain Society and the American Society of Pain Management Nurses, as well as serving as an expert panel member on the American Geriatric Society to develop clinical practice guidelines for the management of pain in older persons. She has published the results of her research in numerous publications and presented best practices for improved pain management in elders through national and international interdisciplinary forums. Herr's creativity in conducting research and educating professionals to address this vulnerable population is influencing pain policy and care of the elderly in this country and abroad.

McCarthy has focused her research expertise on the care of children with chronic health conditions, leading interdisciplinary teams to address complex research problems. She began a series of studies on cognitive-behavioral interventions to assist children undergoing painful procedures 15 years ago that provided evidence to support changes in routine care locally and nationally. Currently she is supervising a multi-site study on the effectiveness of parents as distraction coaches for their children during painful procedures.

In addition, McCarthy has carried out multiple studies on school health nursing. Her studies on medication administration in schools and her research on the impact of diabetes on academic achievement in children received extensive national recognition. Her scholarship, clinical practice and academic leadership contribute to improving the life of children with chronic conditions.

"We're very proud to see Dr. Herr and Dr. McCarthy inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing," said Melanie C. Dreher, Ph.D., Kelting Dean and Professor of the UI College of Nursing. "It is a prestigious honor that both have earned through their dedication to the nursing profession and their passion for improving health care. They join 14 other members of our faculty who are FAANs -- 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 as the basis for effective health care policy and practice. There are currently 1,400 fellows in the Academy.

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

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