June 1, 2006
CUA Nursing Professor Receives National Educator Award
Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., professor of nursing, will
receive the 2006 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community/Public Health
Nursing Education from the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators at
its annual meeting this weekend in
Sister Donley is being honored for her development of three CUA master’s programs that prepare students for leadership roles in community and public health nursing. Together, they are called the Care of Vulnerable People programs.
“An urgent need exists for nurses with advanced preparation
who can improve the quality of health care by developing educational programs
for vulnerable individuals and communities,” says Nalini
Jairath, dean of the
The original program, which was launched in 2000 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prepares advanced practice clinical nurse specialists to care for at-risk groups, such as immigrants, minorities, the underinsured and the uninsured. The other two programs, also funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, prepare students to step into one of two sets of dual roles: community and public health/family nurse practitioner in one case, and community and public health/clinical nurse specialist educator in the other case.
According to Jairath, the three programs focus on “health promotion, risk reduction and transforming current scientific knowledge into concrete, meaningful action.”
Fifty-five students have joined the Care of Vulnerable
People programs since their inception. Faculty include Sister Donley; Sister
Mary Jean Flaherty, S.C., professor; Sharon Dudley Brown, associate professor;
Eileen Sarsfield, adjunct assistant professor; and
Ph.D.-candidate Heidi Maloni.
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