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15th Annual Scientific Sessions

Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research Award

Dr. Hannelore (Lorrie) Yoos, PhD, CPNPDr. Hannelore (Lorrie) Yoos, PhD, CPNP
Associate Professor of Nursing and Professor of Pediatrics
University of Rochester School of Nursing
E-mail: Lorrie_Yoos@urmc.rochester.edu

Dr. Yoos received her PhD and completed her Masters preparation as a pediatric nurse practitioner at the University of Rochester.  Currently she is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Rochester and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

With a distinguished program of research on improvement of care and outcomes for children with asthma, she has advanced the field of caring for children by assisting providers in understanding children’s perceptions of their asthma and parent’s perception in management of their condition. She has a strong funding history, obtaining grants from several federal and private groups, such as the CDC, NINR, Agency for Heath Care, Research and Quality.

She has many publications in interdisciplinary journals and presented at many interdisciplinary conferences. She had received numerous awards from other prestigious groups, such as Sigma Theta Tau, NIH/NINR, and the Academy of Nurse Practitioners-New York State.  Dr. Yoos won over a number of distinguished researchers who were her competitors for the award this year partly because of her exceptional success in providing nationals leadership in the development of standards of care and quality improvement programs to children with asthma. Her publications using evidence-based guidelines to improve childhood asthma has served as a national model for use of clinical guidelines in practice.

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The John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Practice Research Award - Senior Investigator

Dr. Lois K Evans, DNSc, FAAN, RNDr. Lois K Evans, DNSc, FAAN, RN
Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor in Nursing and Chair, Family & Community Health Division
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
E-mail: evans@nursing.upenn.edu

Dr. Evans received her Master degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and doctoral degree in Nursing with a minor in Sociology and Anthropology from the Catholic University of America. She completed her certificate in Primary Care of Older Adults at the University of Rochester, currently Chairs the Family & Community Health Division and is the Associate Director of the Center for Gerontologic Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her work on factors associated with sundown syndrome in institutionalized elders has become a gold standard.

Her research has resulted in changes in the practice of the routine use of physical restraints in nursing homes. She has a sustained record of achievements that includes more than 130 articles, books chapters, books and monographs, and her scholarly work also includes film and media productions. She has presented the results of her studies at numerous international, national, regional and local conferences. Sources of research grants include National Institute on Aging and private foundations. Other prestigious organizations have also recognized her contributions. Dr. Evans has been the leader in the integration of research, education and practice with respect to elder care.

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The John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Practice Research Award - Junior Investigator

Dr. Hong Li, PhD, RNDr. Hong Li, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
University of Rochester School of Nursing
E-mail: HongS_Li@URMC.Rochester.edu

 Dr. Li received her MS in Community Health Nursing and her PhD from the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1990 and 1996 respectively. In 1998 she completed her post-doctoral work also at the Oregon Health Sciences University.  Her program of research focuses on hospitalized elders and their family caregivers. Since1998 she has had several publications, and 6 currently are in review. She has presented the results of her studies in international, national, regional and local conferences. Currently she has a $1.25 million dollar grant from NINR to examine outcome improvement for hospitalized elders and caregivers.

Dr. Li currently has research collaborations to replicate and extend her work in China. Her work has been highlighted in the media on a major news station and via newspapers and we expect her to become one of Nursing's “top” researchers.

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Student Awards:

Top Student PaperTop Student Paper

The award for Top Student Paper was given to Janet Ann Parkosewich, RN, MSN, CCRN for her paper, “Predictions of Timely Reperfusion with Primary PTCA.”  Janet is a member of the class of 2004 at Yale University's School of Nursing.

Here Janet is pictured with Yale School of Nursing Dean Catherine Gilliss during the 2003 Awards Ceremony.

Top Student Poster

Ava M. Puccio, RN, MSN, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, was the recipient of the Top Student Poster award. her poster was entitled, “Psychometric Analysis of the Functional Independence Measure in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Comparisons to the Glasgow Outcome Scale.”

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