Dean of School of Nursing named to National Academy of Practice in Nursing

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Georgia L. Narsavage, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the School of Nursing at West Virginia University, has been elected a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice in Nursing.

The National Academy of Practice in Nursing is one of 10 healthcare disciplines represented in the National Academies of Practice, established in 1981 to promote collaboration in healthcare. The group advises Congress about healthcare issues and plays a key role in educating the public.

Membership in each of the prestigious academies is limited to 150 scholars or practitioners from each discipline.

“Georgia's admission to the Academy is a strong endorsement of her national and international standing in her profession and her leadership,” said Fred Butcher, Ph.D., interim vice president of WVU Health Sciences. “She has provided strong advocacy for nursing and how critical nursing is to finding creative and imaginative approaches to improving healthcare in West Virginia.”

Narsavage, who has been dean since 2007, is an expert in caring for older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. She has served on the board of directors of the American Thoracic Society and chaired the society’s Nursing Assembly. She is currently on the planning committee of the European Respiratory Society.

Her published research has focused on strategies for keeping people out of the hospital by managing chronic diseases including coronary heart disease in women, cystic fibrosis and COPD using home healthcare and rehabilitation.

Narsavage earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in adult and community health nursing from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship. In 2002, she became a board certified adult nurse practitioner at Case Western Reserve University.

In 2005, Narsavage was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She came to WVU from the Medical College of Georgia, where she was professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Nursing.

For information on the WVU School of Nursing see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/son/.



For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ab: 4-30-09

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