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Marge Miles Receives Award for Leadership in Nursing Research

Dr. Marge Miles

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor Emerita Margaret (Marge) Shandor Miles, Ph.D., received the 2012 Leadership in Research Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society.

The award recognizes outstanding leadership, contribution, or promotion of nursing and health care research. Miles received the award at the Southern Nursing Research Society annual meeting in New Orleans in February for her research, which has primarily focused on parents of critically ill infants and children.

The tools she developed help researchers around the world measure parents’ perception of nursing support as well as sources of stress for parents during their child’s hospitalization. Her work contributed to the development of family-centered care philosophies by pediatric and neonatal intensive care units across the nation.

Miles has also been concerned with health disparities in United States, particularly the experience and needs of low-income African American women who have infants born prematurely and women with HIV.

She has been part of the School of Nursing faculty since 1984 and says that her most important role as a leader has been mentoring graduate students and young faculty as they begin their research careers.