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  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Tami Thomas of the Medical College of Georgia will focus her Nurse Faculty Scholar research on strategies to slow the spread of viral sexually transmitted infections in rural communities. Thomas aims to use the findings to develop culturally sensitive interventions to increase the vaccination rate for the Human Papillomavirus in rural areas.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    The University of Maryland’s Elizabeth Galik will develop and test interventions to improve functional performance, physical activity, and quality of life among older adults with dementia. In partnership with nurses and other assisted living facility staff, the research made possible by her Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars grant will help determine how to help patients maintain their independence.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Having explored cardiology and genetics for more than 18 years, Columbia University’s Kathleen Hickey will use her three-year Nurse Faculty Scholar grant to further her research on genetic mutations that may predispose individuals to a higher possibility of sudden cardiac death. “Knowing ahead of time that a genetic predisposition exists could allow us to step up our preventative efforts,” she says.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Randy Jones, of the University of Virginia will use the three-year, $350,000 Nurse Faculty Scholars award to study strategies to help patients feel more at ease in the final stages of life. Jones will test a decision aid for patients with advanced-stage prostate cancer to see if it facilitates informed, shared decisions about treatments that affect patients’ quality of life.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    The prestigious Nurse Faculty Scholar award includes a grant of $350,000, which Maren Coffman will use to study the correlation between health literacy—an understanding of health care and the health care system—and diabetes among Latinas. Coffman is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Sandra Kuntz, an Assistant Professor at the Montana State University College of Nursing, is using her Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar grant to conduct a community-based participatory research project with public health and tribal environmental protection partners on the Fort Peck reservation. She will investigate the potential and actual exposure to methylmercury in women of childbearing age.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 10, 2008

    PRINCETON, N.J., SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today awarded the first round of grants to 15 junior faculty nurses from around the country to develop the next generation of academic nurse leaders and strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of schools of nursing.  

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 1, 2008

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars grant supports Ying Xue’s research examining national employment patterns of supplemental nurses, to understand the United States’ nursing shortage and further examine the impact of supplemental nurse staffing on quality of care and cost in acute-care settings. Xue is an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.  

  • Press Releases  |  Aug 25, 2008

    Indiana University’s Diane Von Ah’s Nurse Faculty Scholar award is supporting her research to help breast cancer survivors improve their memory. Women commonly experience memory problems after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and health care providers know little about how to treat it. Von Ah hopes memory training, similar to that used in healthy older people, can help improve their quality of life.

  • Press Releases  |  Aug 15, 2008

    Cindy Anderson of the University of North Dakota is using her Nurse Faculty Scholar award to study vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women from the rural, northern plains. Vitamin D is mostly obtained through sun exposure, which is seasonally limited in the area, posing potential health risks for mothers and their unborn children.

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