News Release

Published on Friday, June 26, 2009

The American Academy of Nursing recently announced over $2 million in awards to its latest cohort of fellows and scholars in academic geriatric nursing. Western Technical College instructor and associate dean of Nursing, Mary Ellen Stolder, was one of 12 predoctoral scholars to receive a $100,000 scholarship to support doctoral training and launch careers in academic geriatric nursing. An additional nine postdoctoral fellows each received $120,000 to support advanced research training, mentorship, leadership and career development.

The scholarships are part of the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) program, which began in 2000 with the goal of increasing the cadre of academic geriatric nurses, building leadership capacity in academic geriatric nurses, and building national collaboration and excitement about geriatric nursing.

“The BAGNC program prepares expert gerontological nursing faculty who will teach the next generation of geriatric nursing specialists and enhance the geriatric preparation of nurse generalists,” said Patricia G. Archbold, DNSc, RN, FAAN, who serves as an expert consultant and program director for BAGNC. “The awardees conduct cutting-edge research, which leads to improvements in the quality of care for elders.”

The 2009 cohort of fellows and scholars are examining such topics as improving fitness and activity in elders, pain and functional decline in elders, home health care, health literacy of minorities, and transitional and long-term care.

Stolder had been on sabbatical from Western while pursuing her predoctoral degree. On June 30, she will resign from the college to attend the University of Iowa as a full-time doctoral candidate.

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