School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
November/December 2008

Foundation award will support hypertension research

Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, RN, an assistant professor at Yale School of Nursing, is one of 15 junior faculty in the nation to receive an inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Nurse Faculty Scholar" award. The three-year $350,000 grant began September 1.

The award supports Taylor's research to examine the interaction between genome-wide association and social environmental factors related to blood pressure, to understand control of hypertension among hypertensive parents and early risks for high blood pressure among untreated African American children. The award also supports Taylor's participation in a training program toward academic leadership across the domains of scholarship, university, professional, and community service, and translating evidence into policy and practice initiatives. "Nursing interventions that focus on gene-environment aspects of chronic disease could decrease the prevalence of hypertension and improve quality of life among patients at risk for high blood pressure," said Taylor.

Guide will help cancer patients self-manage care

YSN researcher Dena J. Schulman-Green has been awarded $728,000 by the American Cancer Society to help women with advanced breast cancer manage their own care. Dr. Schulman-Green will design and test a self-guided educational program to help women with cancer develop the skills to understand and communicate about their disease. The program will help patients develop their ability to ask questions about their disease, its prognosis, and care options, and to communicate with medical providers and family caregivers about their preferences for care. "Ultimately, we hope to empower these women to share in decision-making processes so that the goals of care reflect their goals for life," Dr. Schulman-Green said.

Dean Grey named outstanding nurse scientist

Margaret Grey ’76MSN, YSN dean and Annie Goodrich Professor, was recently presented the Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award by the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), the research arm of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Dean Grey accepted the award on October 2 in Washington, DC.

The Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award is presented every two years to a nurse scientist whose sustained program of research has made a significant impact on knowledge development with recognizable benefit for nursing practice and healthcare. Dean Grey was nominated for her "sustained program of research on enhancing adolescents' ability to cope with diabetes. Her research has changed the standards of care in international diabetes programs and improved biobehavioral outcomes for countless young people. . . . She has mentored many young scholars and serves as a role model for intervention research, as well as dissemination and translation."

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