Two Regional Nursing Orga­ni­za­tions Rec­og­nize Pro­fes­sors in Sev­eral Categories

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(3–19-07) BOSTON, Mass. — Four North­eastern Uni­ver­sity nursing pro­fes­sors are being hon­ored with awards by two orga­ni­za­tions, the Mass­a­chu­setts Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges of Nursing (MACN) and the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS). Dr. Angela Nan­nini, Dr. Natalie McClain and Ms. Mary Mayville are receiving MACN’s Inno­v­a­tive Teaching Award, the Early Career Award for Full-​​time Fac­ulty and the Early Career Award for Part-​​time Fac­ulty, respec­tively. The MACN gives out one award in each of the three cat­e­gories and in 2007 all three went to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Dr. Teri Aronowitz is being hon­ored with ENRS’ annual Dis­tin­guished Con­tri­bu­tions in Nursing Research Award, in the Junior Inves­ti­gator cat­e­gory. ENRS honors one nurse researcher in two cat­e­gories every year.

These awards honor dis­tinc­tive qual­i­ties of our fac­ulty,” says Nancy Hof­fart, Dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences School of Nursing at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “They draw from their strong clin­ical back­grounds to guide stu­dents as they pre­pare for the chal­lenges and rewards of today’s prac­tice envi­ron­ment. Each of them helps stu­dents learn how to access con­tem­po­rary research and use it when pro­viding nursing care. And each of them has a teaching style that con­veys respect and col­le­giality toward students.”

The Mass­a­chu­setts Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges of Nursing (MACN) cre­ated the Aca­d­emic Inno­v­a­tive Teaching Award to rec­og­nize a nurse edu­cator who brings new ideas to the class­room. By demon­strating an inno­v­a­tive approach to edu­cating future nurses and encour­ages more nurses to con­sider becoming nurse edu­ca­tors. The Aca­d­emic Nursing Early Career Award rec­og­nizes nurses with bac­calau­reate and higher-​​level degrees early in their careers, who have demon­strated excel­lence in their part-​​time and full-​​time aca­d­emic teaching role and functions.

Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) is a forum for nurse researchers to pro­mote and sup­port nursing research in the north­eastern region of the United States. The Dis­tin­guished Con­tri­bu­tions to Nursing Research Award rec­og­nizes nurses who have sus­tained a record of out­standing con­tri­bu­tions to nursing research on the doc­torate and post-​​doctorate level. Con­tri­bu­tions include pub­lished records of research.

Angela Nan­nini, RN, PhD, FNP – MACN Inno­v­a­tive Teaching Award
Nan­nini joined the North­eastern nursing fac­ulty in 2003 and teaches pri­marily graduate-​​level courses. Her most inno­v­a­tive teaching strategy is the “Health Policy Pathfinder,” a student-​​created guided tour exploring con­tro­ver­sial health policy issues to bring together the knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary for policy analysis, for­mu­la­tion and advo­cacy. The strategy applies polit­ical sci­ence theory related to interest group pol­i­tics and policy solutions.

Natalie McClain, RN, PhD – MACN Early Career Award for Full-​​time Fac­ulty
McClain has been with North­eastern Uni­ver­sity for three years as a full-​​time member of the nursing fac­ulty. She teaches pedi­atric nursing in the under­grad­uate pro­gram. Her research focuses on child­hood sexual abuse and mal­treat­ment and she has received sev­eral grants for her work and pre­sented research find­ings both region­ally and nation­ally. During the past three years, she has pub­lished three research arti­cles in highly regarded nursing journals.

Mary Mayville, RN, MSN, CCE – MACN Early Career Award for Part-​​time Fac­ulty
Mayville has been a part-​​time fac­ulty member at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity for three years teaching in both the class­room and clin­ical set­tings. Her area of exper­tise is maternal-​​newborn nursing and she brings exten­sive clin­ical expe­ri­ence to this role, having held posi­tions in neonatal inten­sive care, high risk antepartum, labor and delivery, post­partum and child­birth edu­ca­tion. Mayville is a Lieu­tenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Teri Aronowitz, RN, PhD, MSN, FNP – ENRS Dis­tin­guished Con­tri­bu­tions in Nursing Award /​ Junior Inves­ti­gator cat­e­gory
Aronowitz has more than 20 years of clin­ical expe­ri­ence as a family nurse prac­ti­tioner, working mostly with minority, urban ado­les­cents and their fam­i­lies. In addi­tion, her research pro­gram focuses pri­marily on sexual health and decision-​​making; she is devel­oping and testing a family-​​centered, theoretically-​​based inter­ven­tion for use with urban, early ado­les­cent, minority youth and their fam­i­lies. Her goal is to help decrease their HIV risk by delaying the age of sexual debut and increasing parent-​​adolescent con­nect­ed­ness and sexual com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Aronowitz has received sev­eral grants and a National Research Ser­vice Award from the National Insti­tutes of Health (NIH).

The awards along with cash prizes will be pre­sented to Dr. Nan­nini, Dr. McClain and Ms. Mayville on April 20th at the MACN meeting held in Regis Col­lege. Dr. Aronowitz will receive her award from the ENRS at the organization’s April con­fer­ence in Prov­i­dence, RI.

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.