Kent State Universityâ€™s College of Nursing has been selected as a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award. The awards program recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.
The AACN Innovations awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, are given annually in four institutional categories. Kent State has been selected to receive the 2012 award in the Public School without an Academic Health Center category.
â€œGiven the complex work they do, nursesâ€™ need to take care of themselves through self-care activities cannot be overemphasized,â€ says Laura Dzurec, dean of Kent Stateâ€™s College of Nursing. â€œWe hope to see every U.S. nursing program adopt the strategies that we are emphasizing through our Care for the Caregiver program, and we expect thatâ€™s exactly what might happen.â€
The award was presented on Oct. 29 at the AACN Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.
â€œThe selection process was very competitive, so you and your faculty are to be highly commended,â€ says AACN President Jane Kirschling in a congratulatory letter sent to Dzurec.
As a center for nursing research and education, Kent Stateâ€™s College of Nursing is committed to advancing and applying nursing knowledge through excellence in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs; nursing education that addresses a changing society; promotion of health; and enhancement of the nursing profession.
For more information about Kent Stateâ€™s College of Nursing, visit www.kent.edu/nursing.