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University of Arizona professor earns RWJF nurse faculty scholar award

Sheila M. Gephart, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing in Tucson, is one of 12 nursing faculty members from across the country who were chosen in 2014 to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars program, according to a
news release.

The RWJF program strengthens the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by developing the next generation of leaders in academic nursing. Each scholar receives a three-year $350,000 award to pursue research, leadership training in all aspects of the faculty role, and mentoring from senior faculty at the
scholar’s institution.

Gephart’s research project uses technology to automate a set of prevention and early recognition practices for necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants, according to the release. She will work with Banner Health System NICU clinicians to create the intervention and then study its effect on outcomes in premature infants over time.

“This award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a remarkable opportunity to use technology to prevent and support early recognition of one of the chief killers of premature infants, necrotizing enterocolitis,” Gephart said in the release. “I am honored to join this select group of early career nurse scientists as we push forward to lead
healthcare change.”

By supporting junior nurse faculty, RWJF is working to help curb a shortage of nurse educators that could undermine the health and healthcare of all Americans, according to the release.

By | 2015-04-23T20:41:02-04:00 February 9th, 2015|Categories: Regional, West|0 Comments

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