Wendy Grube, PhD, RN, CRNP, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, received the Nursing Educator Academia Award at the 25th annual meeting and awards banquet of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. The award is given annually to an individual who is an inspiration to students and cultivates a supportive learning environment, with an emphasis on scholarly research and dissemination of research through education, according to a news release.
As director of the womens healthcare nurse practitioner program at Penn Nursing, Grubes goals are to enhance the quality of education to meet the demands of current APN practice, and expand students awareness of culture, healthcare disparities and systems of healing they will encounter in these new roles. Grube is course director for healthcare of women and primary care, complementary alternative therapies in womens health, and comparative healthcare systems: Thailand and U.S.
She also contributes to the course on well woman healthcare on issues related to the gynecological exam, genital dermatology, management of abnormal cervical cytology, intrauterine contraception and care of the peri- and post-menopausal woman, according to the release.
Grubes past research includes exploring the influence of culture upon cervical cancer screening among rural Appalachian women. Grube has found sociocultural dissonance within the therapeutic relationship between patient and provider creates significant barriers to preventive health practices including routine Pap smears. She also has served as a faculty mentor for a study comparing the scope of practice and preparation for RNs working in rural communities in the U.S. and Thailand, according to the release.
The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a statewide, nonprofit foundation created to help recruit and retain nursing professionals, and is governed by a 24-member volunteer board of trustees, consisting of individuals who are leaders in nursing, business, industry and other healthcare fields, according to the release.