School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
January/February 2009

YSN mourns loss of nursing icon

Florence S. Wald ’41MN, ’56MS, dean emerita of the School of Nursing and the founder of hospice in the United States, died November 8 at her home in Branford, Connecticut, at the age of 91. Wald served as the fourth dean of YSN, from 1959 to 1966. She is credited with bringing the hospice movement to the United States from England and establishing the first American hospice unit in Branford, Connecticut, in 1971. This hospice became a model for hospice care in the United States and abroad. Her role in reshaping nursing education to focus on patients and their families has changed the perception of care for the dying in this country. (For a Yale Alumni Magazine report, see Milestones.)

YSN faculty inducted into American Academy of Nursing

Three members of the School of Nursing faculty were recently inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as new fellows. Angela Crowley, Nancy S. Redeker, and Martha Swartz were formally inducted as fellows with 92 other nurse leaders during the academy's annual awards ceremony and induction banquet on November 8 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

New American Academy of Nursing fellows are nominated for this honor by two current fellows and then selected by the 15-member selection committee for their outstanding achievements in the nursing profession. The academy's mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

Associate dean named fellow of American Heart Association

YSN professor and associate dean for scholarly affairs Nancy S. Redeker was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and was presented as a new fellow of the AHA's Council on Cardiovascular Nursing at the council's annual reception. Fellowship recognizes leadership within the AHA relative to cardiovascular nursing and health. Fellows are an identifiable, knowledgeable group of cardiovascular nurse leaders with specialized expertise who may be called upon to develop scientific and position papers and educational programs. New AHA fellows are nominated and elected by active council members.

Dr. Redeker's scholarship bridges the interdisciplinary specialties of cardiovascular health and sleep disorders. She is developing sleep promotion strategies for people with heart disease. Her research addresses the contributions of sleep disorders to symptoms and functioning of people with heart disease within the dynamic context of the trajectory of chronic illness. She has addressed clinical, demographic, and environmental factors associated with variations in sleep.

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