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March 7, 2006

Nursing Names Buckwalter As Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor

Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., has been named the Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Buckwalter, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Iowa.

The Sally Mathis Hartwig Professorship in Gerontological Nursing Research is a joint appointment between the College of Nursing and the UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services. The individual holding the position leads a program of research and interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance the lives of elders and their families, and mentors faculty and students in developing research and translating findings into everyday practice. Buckwalter succeeds Meridean Maas, professor emerita, who was awarded this distinction in 2001. The professorship was established in 1999 by private gifts to the UI Foundation from Hartwig's friends and colleagues.

Buckwalter is the associate director of the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, co-director of the UI Center on Aging, and she holds joint appointments in the UI Carver College of Medicine Departments of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine.

A prolific researcher of issues affecting the elderly, Buckwalter's work has focused on improving mental health services and providing community-based care for chronically ill older persons. Her specific clinical and research interests are in the area of geriatric mental health. Buckwalter's research has been funded by several branches of the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as numerous private foundations.

Sally Mathis Hartwig, for whom the professorship is named, served as director of nursing at the UI Hospitals and Clinics from 1979 to 1993 and again on an interim basis in 1998. Under her leadership, the registered nursing staff grew from 848 to 1,540 and the position of nursing director was elevated to become associate director of UI Hospitals and Clinics for nursing and patient care services.

Hartwig is widely credited with adapting the hospitals' nursing services to changing conditions in the health care industry during a time that saw shorter hospital stays and more emphasis on outpatient care, the implementation of prospective payment for hospital services and the shift toward health maintenance organizations. In 1999, her colleagues and associates established a fund to support the Sally Mathis Hartwig professorship to recognize her contributions both to the hospitals and clinics and the UI College of Nursing.

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

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