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>> Research faculty receive honors Faculty inducted into AAN College of Nursing faculty members Teresa Kelechi, PhD, GCNS-BC, CWCN and Ida Spruill, PhD, RN, LISW, were installed as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing during their 38th Annual Meeting and Conference held October 15, 2011, in Washington, DC. The 142 members of the 2011 class was the Academy’s largest class of inductees. Of those nurse leaders, only two, Drs. Kelechi and Spruill, were from South Carolina. “Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners.” As Dean Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN notes, “We are immensely proud of Drs. Kelechi and Spruill and to have two more CON faculty inducted into the Academy. This means 20 percent of our tenure track nurse faculty are members of the American Academy of Nursing – a high level of distinction for our College.” (Left to Right): Drs. Ida Spruill and Dr. Kelechi is an associate Teresa Kelechi at AAN Ceremony professor and department chair in the College of Nursing. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a gerontological clinical nurse specialist and by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society as a certified wound care nurse. Dr. Kelechi has been employed at MUSC since 1987 as a geriatric and wound care provider prior to joining the College of Nursing in 2001. Dr. Spruill is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and a member of the research team at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center/Prevention and Control. Her research interests include, management of chronic diseases, health literacy, ethno-cultural barriers to genetic literacy, and reducing health disparities among vulnerable populations. Specifically, her program of research involves the impact of culture and genetics on the management of chronic diseases among underserved populations.



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Nemeth appointed to AHRQ research study section Lynne Nemeth, PhD, RN, associate professor, has been appointed to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Research Training (HCRT) Study Section. The four year appointment began last October. AHRQ has one chartered Health Services Research Initial Review Group (IRG) responsible for the peer review of grant applications submitted for study section review. This IRG is comprised of four subcommittees or study sections, each with a particular emphasis around which peer reviewer expertise is assembled. One of those four subcommittees is the HCRT Study Section. This Study Section conducts scientific peer review for individual and institutional training and career development applications, including Dissertation Grant (R36); National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship for Minority Students (F31); National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32); Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08); and Independent Scientist Award (K02).

Pope selected for VA research network Charlene Pope, PhD, RN, MPH, CNM, associate professor and associate nurse executive of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, has been selected as the site leader for the VA’s Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, women make up 20 percent of new military recruits, and it is estimated that women Veterans will comprise 10 percent of the Veteran population by 2018. The VA is committed to improving several key priorities for women Veterans care, including: access to care; culture of care surrounding women Veterans; women Veteran-centered care; and coordination of care across providers (e.g., primary and specialty care). For example, VA Health Services Research and Development Service funded the Veterans Practice-Based Research network, which will help provide a laboratory for examining new treatments, quality performance and quality improvements, models of care, and provider education and training for women’s health care.

Lifelines Spring/Summer 2012  
Lifelines Spring/Summer 2012  

MUSC College of Nursing magazine - Spring/Summer 2012