Kandzari lectureship highlight of annual School of Nursing night of recognition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Nursing honored the service, leadership and academic achievements of students and faculty Friday, April 20 at the Health Sciences Center’s Okey Patteson Auditorium.

As this year’s Judy C. Kandzari Memorial Lectureship speaker, rural health champion Pamela S. Fahs, D.S.N., delivered “Rural Health Nursing: Honoring People and Place.” Dr. Fahs is the Decker Endowed Chair of Rural Nursing at Binghamton University, where she has taught nursing students for 26 years.

“Nurses practicing in rural settings often have a sense of connectedness,” said Dr. Fahs. “Their abilities to problem solve in a variety of situations are tried and tested.”

“Those who chose to practice in rural settings should be honored, and often go beyond being a professional nurse in a rural community to being a community leader,” she continued. “I think of rural nurses as the consummate generalists.”

A native of rural Kentucky, Fahs also serves as editor-in-chief of The Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, the journal of the Rural Nurse Organization.

Every other year, the Kandzari lecture series welcomes a national leader in rural health issues, and is named in honor of the late Judy C. Kandzari, a School of Nursing faculty member whose dedication to nursing education in rural areas was well-known throughout the state. Kandzari, a community health nurse, was also the School of Nursing’s first director of distance education.

“This lecture is a living tribute to Judy Kandzari that keeps her memory alive,” said Mary Jane Smith, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean of graduate academic affairs and chair of the night’s planning committee. Kandzari’s husband, mother, daughter and grandson joined School of Nursing faculty and staff in celebrating her contributions and the accomplishments of outstanding students.

In addition to Dr. Fahs’ address, 102 students and faculty members were recognized with scholarships and awards, and 58 individuals stood to take the oath for their inductions into the Alpha Rho chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society.


For more information:
Leigh Limerick, Communications Specialist, 304-293-7087
lal: 04-12-12

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