Two faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing were among the recipients of Founders Week Awards from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Karen Kauffman, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, associate professor and chairwoman of the nursing schools department of family and community health, received the Public Servant of the Year Award, and Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chairwoman, department of organizational systems and adult health, was co-recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award, with C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, chairman, department of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, according to a news release.
Each year, UMB celebrates the achievements of students, faculty, staff, alumni and philanthropic supporters. Awards are presented for Researcher of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.
Kauffman, who has devoted much of her career to fighting Alzheimers disease, started a private practice in 1999 to provide long-term care consultation for older adults, many dealing with dementia, and then served on a work group of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Assisted Living. Additionally, she has been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals on various topics, including Alzheimers disease; served on the National Board of the Alzheimers Association; chaired the 23rd Alzheimers Association Advocacy Forum; and chaired a panel to revise the national Alzheimers Associations code of ethics. She also serves on the board of the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimers Association.
Newhouse conducts comparative effectiveness research using multi-site studies to test health system interventions to improve care processes and patient incomes. She has published extensively on health services improvement interventions, acute-care quality issues and evidence-based practice, and is chairwoman of the methodology committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a committee she was appointed to by the U.S. Comptroller General. Newhouse is the only nurse serving on this prestigious 17-member committee, according to the release. In 2013, Newhouse was elected to the board of AcademyHealth, an interprofessional organization for health services researchers, and earlier this year, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She serves on two Institute of Medicine committees.
We are very pleased that multiple recipients of the Founders Week awards are from the school of nursing, UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in the release. It is great that Dr. Kauffman and Dr. Newhouse are being celebrated university-wide for their countless contributions that have advanced the field of nursing. Our school is extremely fortunate to have professors of their caliber.