IUSON: A Legacy of Leadership
Points of Pride
Professor Angela McNelis, Department of Community & Health Systems, was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve on the statewide Mental Health & Addiction Services Development Program Board. Established in 2014, the board oversees a loan-repayment program, which is designed to expand Indiana's workforce by the recruitment and retention of mental-health and addiction professionals.
Professors Jeni Embree and Jan Fulton, Professor Emerita Brenda Lyon, and other Indiana nurses met with staffers for U.S. Senators Coats and Donnelly, and several House Representatives during this year’s American Nurses Association (ANA) Membership Assembly. The Assembly hosts a “Lobby Day,” during which nurses visit Capitol Hill to meet with legislators about important bills to support RNs. Staffing, home health, veteran care, and workforce development programs were among the topics discussed.
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This past September, Assistant Professor Julie Otte and BSN honors students Darienne Griffith, Abbey Davis, Teryn Leuthold, and Alexis Turpin, volunteered at the Indiana AIDS Walk. The Walk benefitted the Gregory R. Powers Direct Emergency Financial Assistance (DEFA) Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance and direct care for those throughout Indiana impacted by HIV/AIDS. The students were reviewing research of symptom management for people living with HIV, and sought to raise funds for those afflicted in the local community.
T32 fellows Jenny Milata (L) and Stacey Crane recently received their first National Institutes of Health grants. Jenny Milata is the first IUSON student to receive the AHRQ Dissertation Award for her project, “The Oral Endocrine Therapy Decision Making Process in Women with Breast Cancer.” Jenny acknowledges the support of her mentor, Distinguished Professor Janet Carpenter, and dissertation committee members Claire Draucker, Julie Otte, and Greg Zimet. Stacy Crane received the NIH Research Fellowship Award for her project examining the experience of parents of children with cancer, during their time in a Phase 1 Clinical Trials.
Dean Emerita Angela Barron McBride (left) and Faculty Emerita Lillian Stokes were named honorary fellows to the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education this past September. NLN established the Academy “to foster excellence by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators.” Dean Emerita McBride was also awarded the coveted NLN Presidents Award in 2012 for her leadership in advancing nursing education and practice.
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