IU School of Nursing Assistant Professor Lisa Carter-Harris Wins Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research’s Protégé Award

By Rachel Leshinsky

The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) recently announced their 2018 award winners and Indiana University School of Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa Carter-Harris, PhD, APRN, ANP-C received the Protégé Award. She will be presented the award at FNINR’s 25th Annual NightinGala on October 31, 2018.

“Being awarded the FNINR Protégé Award is incredibly humbling,” said Carter-Harris. “Receiving this award is not really about me, per se, but rather an acknowledgement of all the wonderful researchers upon whose shoulders I am blessed to stand.”

This award is given to an evolving nurse scientist who shows great promise in advancing science and who is within the first six years of completing either the PhD or post-doctoral study. Dr. Carter Harris’ work is focused on improving patient-provider communication and the shared decision-making process in cancer screening, specifically lung cancer. Her research has been used widely by clinicians, patients and policy makers to help more people get early screening and treatment for lung cancer.

“I think [nurse researchers] do what we do in research and nursing because our passion for it leads us to the work, and to receive such an award is a wonderful – and unexpected – acknowledgement by our professional community that what we do is making a difference,” she said. “Ultimately, we all strive to improve patient outcomes and patient lives.”

Dr. Carter-Harris is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner, behavioral scientist, teacher and mentor. She is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She is the current co-chair of the Health Decision Making Special Interest Group of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and serves as a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and Patient-Center Outcomes Research Institute. She is also an invited member of the American Cancer Society’s National Lung Cancer Roundtable.

The FNINR is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1993 to provide resources to support nursing research and advance the mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research. The organization seeks to support research-based nursing practice by educating nursing professionals and the public about the advances and benefits to patients, families, the community and delivery of health care.

About Indiana University School of Nursing
Established in 1914, IU School of Nursing has been empowering leaders in practice, research, education and service for over 100 years. Ranked 12th among public schools and colleges of nursing for National Institutes of Health funding, the School boasts a robust program of research focused on quality of life in chronic illness, nursing education and behavioral oncology. Programs offered include three undergraduate and nine graduate options in the Master’s program. At the doctoral level, IUSON offers the PhD in nursing science, the only PhD program in the state of Indiana, and a leadership-focused DNP. There are also multiple graduate certificate and continuing education opportunities.