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May 2, 2005

UI Nursing Faculty Receive Professional Awards

Four University of Iowa College of Nursing faculty members were honored recently for achievements in their respective specialty nursing fields.

Pat Clinton, Ph.D., associate professor (clinical) and director of the nursing master's program, received the Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award at the 26th annual conference of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP). This distinguished award recognizes an active member who best exemplifies contributions to the expansion or improvement of pediatric health care and the advancement of the profession of pediatric nurse practitioners at the local community, state and/or regional level.

Clinton has provided leadership to the UI's PNP program since 1990. She has served the NAPNAP organization at both the state and national levels in a variety of capacities, including president of the Iowa Association of Nurse Practitioners. Clinton also has been an active participant on the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, serving a six year term, the last two years as president.

Clinton was also named this spring a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and will be inducted during a June ceremony at the organization's national conference.

The Jean Guveyan Award is given by the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) in memory of Guveyan, a past president of ASPMN, to an outstanding educator who has made substantial contributions to the area of pain education. This year, Jo Eland, Ph.D., associate professor, was honored with the award at the ASPMN national meeting.

For the past 25 years, Eland has been investigating the concept of pain from both a research and clinical perspective. She is nationally and internationally known for her work in the area of children's pain and was a member of the World Health Organization panel that wrote the guidelines for the control of children's pain. Her commitment to the topic has resulted in over 700 national presentations. In 1997, she received the first Jeffery Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children's Pain from the American Pain Society. In 2001, she received from the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Audrey Hepburn Award, for her international work with children's pain. In 2003 she received the Robert Miltch Award from Children's Hospice International. 

Keela Herr, Ph.D., professor and chair of the adult and gerontological nursing area of study, received the Elizabeth Narcessian Award from the American Pain Society at its annual scientific meeting.

The Elizabeth Narcessian Award recognizes outstanding educational achievements in pain management in honor of Elizabeth Narcessian, M.D., a noted educator on the appropriate use of opioids, pain assessment and rehabilitation of patients with chronic pain. 

As an educator, researcher and writer, Herr's work has significantly improved professional and public awareness about pain management for older adults, especially those with dementia and related illnesses. Herr is co-author of "Geriatrics at Your Fingertips," now in its sixth edition, and her publications have helped primary care providers improve their pain assessment and management capabilities. She serves as research director for the John A. Hartford Foundation Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the UI, has been principal or co-investigator of 14 research projects focused on the problem of geriatric pain and she has received numerous awards, including the 2005 Regents Excellence Award.

Meridean Maas, Ph.D., professor emeritus and director of the UI's John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, received the 2005 Leadership in Geriatric Nursing Research Award at the annual conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS).

The award recognizes an MNRS member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in geriatric nursing science and who has impacted the quality of care for older adults through their scholarship and mentorship.

Maas' areas of scholarship and teaching are nursing administration and gerontological nursing. She has advised numerous master's degree and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Her NIH-funded research includes a study testing the effects of a family involvement in care intervention on outcomes for institutionalized persons with dementia and their family and staff caregivers; and studies to develop, classify and validate patient outcomes that are sensitive to nursing interventions, known as the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC). Maas received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence at the UI in 1996.

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

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