WVU School of Nursing hosts annual honors event
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Nursing honored students and faculty during the annual Spring Honors Event featuring the Judy C. Kandzari Memorial Nursing Lectureship, Thursday, April 10 at the WVU Health Sciences Center Auditorium. 

The annual honors event recognizes service, leadership and academic achievements of students and faculty members.

“The effectiveness of patient care is improved through the hard work and collaboration that our nursing students and faculty provide in classrooms, clinical agencies, and communities throughout West Virginia,” Georgia Narsavage, Ph.D., said.  “This event allows us the opportunity to recognize their efforts and accomplishments while providing an outlet for scholarly discussion.”

 (L-R) WVU School of Nursing Dean Georgia Narsavage; Jewell Hightower, mother of Judy Kandzari; and senior nursing student Bonnie Eaton attend the 2008 memorial lectureship. Photo by B. Beverly.
The honors event featured the Kandzari Memorial Nursing Lectureship, a lecture series focusing on rural health issues.  Joy Buck, R.N., Ph.D., gave the lecture “Rural Health Nursing: Connecting the Past and the Future.”

“There is so much attention in the media about the serious inadequacies in the American healthcare system,” Buck said.  “But there is very little attention paid to the fact that nurses have helped reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes in rural communities through practice, research and policy development.” 

“It is important that the next generation of nurses be knowledgeable about the impact of health policy on population health and the practice of nursing,” Buck said.  “It is equally important that nurses use evidence to guide their practice but also to be actively involved in the creation of new evidence to improve health outcomes.”

 Joy Buck, R.N., Ph.D.

Buck is an associate professor for the WVU School of Nursing’s Eastern Division.  She also serves as a national faculty member for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium.

For more information on the WVU School of Nursing, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/son/.

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For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 04-09-08

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