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Three IU School of Nursing faculty receive Midwest Nursing Research Society awards


February 6, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS - Three Indiana University School of Nursing faculty will be honored for their work at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference in Chicago next month.

Janet Carpenter will receive the 2013 Midwest Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contribution Award. Carpenter will have the opportunity to present her work at the awards ceremony during the conference March 7 to 10.

The Distinguished Contribution Award acknowledges a Midwest Nursing Research Society member who has performed or promoted research that has enriched nursing science and practice in the society's 13-state Midwest region. The recipient is determined through evaluation of applicants’ programs and records of research, career advancement within nursing, and impact of their research in the Midwest and on the profession overall.

“As a researcher, I am motivated by a desire to help improve people's health and lives," Carpenter said. "For the past two decades, my goal has been to do research that will guide the clinical care of women with menopausal symptoms. I am profoundly honored and deeply touched to receive this prestigious award. It recognizes the effort that I and members of my research teams have invested and also recognizes the impact that we have had on improving women’s health and their lives. This award further fuels my passion in this area. I hope that I have made and will continue to make a difference in improving women’s lives.”

“Dr. Carpenter has always displayed an impressive sense of commitment to nursing science and to developing the next generation of nurse researchers. Her receiving this award shows the impact she makes on our field. This is a very proud moment for us all,” said IU School of Nursing Dean Marion E. Broome.

Claire Burke Draucker and Susan Hickman will receive the 2013 Midwest Nursing Research Society Senior Scientist Award, which recognizes the recipients’ service, mentorship and scholarly accomplishments in the field of nursing.

Entrants for the award were evaluated on the history of service to their discipline, national and international recognition, and sustained records of funding and research publication. The recipients will maintain their Senior Scientist status, which is the highest class of membership, throughout their Midwest Nursing Research Society association.

“Drs. Draucker and Hickman are both a great credit to IU School of Nursing,” Broome said. "This award gives them the recognition they not only earned, but also truly deserve. Our school is very fortunate to have such dedicated faculty members and outstanding nurse scientists whose translational work makes an impact on the health of individuals and families.”

“MNRS is dedicated to advancing nursing science to improve health and well-being,” Hickman said. “Its membership includes leading nurse researchers from throughout the Midwest, so it is a tremendous honor to be recognized by MNRS in this way.”

“I am very pleased to receive this recognition from MNRS," Draucker said. "It has played a significant role in my research career, so to receive this award is, indeed, an honor. I would like to thank Dr. Janet Carpenter and other colleagues at IUSON for the nomination. I am proud to be part of a faculty that celebrates each other’s achievements and to be a longtime member of MNRS.”

The Indiana University School of Nursing is one of the largest nursing schools in the nation. Ranked eighth among public schools and colleges of nursing for National Institutes of Health funding, the school boasts a robust program of research focused on quality of life in chronic illness. A full 40 percent of Indiana’s nurses are IU School of Nursing alumni. Programs include three undergraduate options, eight tracks in the master’s program, post-master’s options, a Ph.D. in nursing science, a DNP and continuing education opportunities. U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate programs 15th in its 2012 Best Graduate School rankings, with adult clinical nurse specialist ranked third.