Linda H. Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, associate professor of nursing at the University of Texas School of Nursing in Austin, has received the 2014 Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Presidents Award. Kathleen Lattavo, AMSN president, presented the award to Yoder at the school on Aug. 1.
I am humbled and honored to receive the prestigious AMSN Presidents Award, Yoder said in a news release. Medical-surgical nurses are often the unsung heroes of day-to-day complex nursing care, so it is very meaningful to me to be recognized by the professional nursing organization that represents them. Yoders areas of research have included examining the nursing work environment for staff nurses; career development of nurses; and quality of life in patients with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.
She is the principal investigator of a TriService Nursing Research Program grant examining quality of life experienced by military service members after they are discharged from the military burn unit at the United States Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Yoder collaborates with the Seton Healthcare Family and St. Davids HealthCare in Austin on nursing research and evidence-based practice initiatives. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations, including the Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing, the Oncology Nursing Society, the Association of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.