Janice Penrod receives John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Practice Research Award

May 14, 2007

Janice Penrod, assistant professor of nursing and professor in charge of graduate programs in the Penn State School of Nursing, received the 2007 John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Practice Research Award at the annual spring meeting of the Eastern Nursing Research Society. The award is presented annually to a young investigator who has demonstrated evidence of outstanding contributions to nursing research directed toward the older adult population and has published this research.

Dr. Penrod's research has focused on bettering the lives of older adults and their caregivers. She has produced and refined a model for understanding uncertainty as it applies to patients at the end of life and their caregivers. In addition, Dr Penrod has worked to create a new generation of advanced practice nurses with the goal of transforming the care of the elderly in the future. She has served as project director for two grants, “Enhancing Geriatric Nursing Education for Advanced Practice Nursing” and “Creating Careers in Geriatric Advanced Practice Nursing,” both funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

“Dr. Penrod's work has shaped the way we have come to understand how patients and their families face terminal illnesses and end of life care. We are proud of her many accomplishments and are pleased to claim her as a member of our faculty as well as an alumna of our doctoral program,” said Paula Milone-Nuzzo, director of the school of nursing and associate dean for international programs in the College of Health and Human Development.

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