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SON Faculty Receive Awards and Accolades

Rumay Alexander Listed in Top 100 Nursing Professors and Re-elected to Board of Governors for the National League of Nursing

Dr. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, is included in the Top 100 Nursing Professors in 2012 list by BSNtoMSN.org. The list was compiled to highlight “best and the brightest professors, assistant professors, and instructors who are teaching the next generation of nurses to handle increasing responsibility.”

Rumay was also re-elected to the Board of Governors of the National League of Nursing this year at their annual education summit in Anaheim, California.

Alexander is the Director of Multicultural Affairs in the School of Nursing, and she serves in leadership roles in multiple distinguished organizations, including the National Student Nurses Association Foundation, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Professional Examination Service.

Mi-Kyung Song and Debra Barksdale Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing

On October 12, 2012, Dr. Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN, and Dr. Debra Barksdale, PhD, RN, CFNP, CANP, were welcomed into the American Academy of Nursing at the group’s 39th annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Academy fellows are a select group of approximately 1,800 nursing professionals from the US and other countries. Fellows have made significant contributions to nursing and are demonstrated leaders in nursing research, education, practice, and administration.

For more on their research and academic interests, you can read Dr. Song’s bio here and Dr. Barksdale’s bio here.

Donna Havens Wins Nightingale Research Award

On Friday October 26, School of Nursing Professor Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the Nightingale Excellence in Research Award at the organization’s annual gala.

Havens was recognized for her research on nursing work environments. Her work has led to evidence-based strategies that can help health care leaders develop quality work environments for their nursing professionals.

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a non-profit foundation founded to support nursing professionals and to recognize their achievements. Havens was one of ten individuals who were selected for this year’s awards from more than 80 nominations.

Dean Swanson Receives Prestigious Award From The University of Rhode Island

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN received a Distinguished Achievement Award from The University of Rhode Island (URI) in a ceremony held in Newport, Rhode Island on October 27.

Dean Swanson was one of twenty URI alumni who were lauded for their professional achievements, outstanding leadership or community service. She was recognized both for her research on pregnancy loss and for creating the “Swanson Theory of Caring”—a theory that has been incorporated into health organizations around the world to empower nurses to deliver higher quality, patient-centered care.

Because of the impact of her research on practice and the culture of care delivery, Dean Swanson was also recently designated the first Virginia Mason Medical Center Distinguished Nurse Scholar.

Dean Swanson earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from URI in 1975.

Jill Hamilton’s Research Featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine

Dr. Jill B. Hamilton’s research on the use of religious songs to manage stressful life events was featured in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Jill’s study, “You Need a Song to Bring You Through,” is summarized on page# 41 of the November 2012 issue.

In this research Jill identified the importance of religious songs as a mental health promoting strategy among older African Americans. Read more here.