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As part of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), held in honor of the largest health-care workforce in the United States, six nurse leaders from the University of Arizona College of Nursing were honored by their peers during an annual 2018 Tucson Fabulous 50 Nurses gala.
After interning at a hospital during high school, BSN Honors Student Connie Tran was impressed by the hard work and dedication she saw nurses exhibit on the job. “I wanted to become one of those people who support patients through the best and worst times of their lives,” she says.
"As a neonatal nurse, I have witnessed the suffering of neonates due to the current pain standards of care. I believe we can do better to serve this vulnerable population. Through informatics and advanced technologies in artificial intelligence and machine learning, we can give a voice to neonates and ultimately improve outcomes."
By 2050 there could be a severe shortage of caregivers available to provide for stroke survivors in the high-risk years of 55-plus. PhD candidate, Lorre Laws, who examines the oncoming crisis in her dissertation, calls the prognosis an approaching perfect storm.
For Audrey Russell-Kibble and Theresa Allison of The UA College of Nursing’s Comprehensive Health Assessment Project (CHAP), performing in-home assessments for some of Tucson’s most vulnerable is all about the human touch.
The UA College of Nursing is one of only 31 U.S. schools of nursing selected to receive a prestigious grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. This year Jamie Besel and Emily Moore received the scholarship.
Incoming University of Arizona College of Nursing PhD student Elizabeth Johnson, BSN, MS, is the latest CON student to receive a prestigious University Fellows award.
Many of her first patients – several of whom are in their 90s and 100s – are still with her. “My oldest one right now is 107 and I had several others who lived to 106,” she says.
UA employees and students who have demonstrated dedication to diversity, inclusion and mentoring were honored at the Visionary Leadership Awards. The awards are presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence and the Commission on the Status of Women.
"I would like to help address the health disparities that are happening in the African American population. With my research, I can make a difference in someone’s life by helping to control their hypertension. Research is important to me, but I also do want to teach. I am trying to touch everyone: The new nurses, the established ones, the patients and everybody in between."