For the first time, the American Heart Association has named a nurse to receive its Distinguished Scientist Award. Barbara Drew, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, the David Mortara Distinguished Professor in Physiological Nursing Research and founder of the UCSF School of Nursings ECG Monitoring Research Lab, is one of six 2014 distinguished scientists who will be honored in November at the AHAs annual scientific sessions in Chicago.
According to an article in the August issue of the UCSF publication Science of Caring, Drew was selected for her work on improving care for patients with cardiac arrhythmias.
Drew has taught clinical electrocardiography to nursing and medical students and residents for more than three decades, and has mentored numerous graduate students in electrocardiography. Her research has shaped the development of commercial cardiac monitors and has been instrumental in the introduction of multilead ECG monitoring, ST-segment and QT-interval monitoring, and strategies to reduce clinical alarm fatigue.
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To learn more about Drew, visit Nursing.UCSF.edu/Faculty/Barbara-Drew.