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Two U.Va. Professors to Be Inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

University of Virginia associate nursing professors Marianne Baernholdt and Karen Rose will be initiated as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing in a ceremony this fall at the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Baernholdt, who teaches, oversees the School of Nursing’s new Rural and Global Health Care Center and directs the school’s global initiatives and study-abroad programs, has been at U.Va. since 2005. Rose, who teaches, directs the school’s BSN program and conducts research related to Alzheimer’s disease, has been at U.Va. since 2006. Together, they are the 19th and 20th fellows in U.Va.’s School of Nursing.

The nation’s 2,068 American Academy of Nursing fellows – chosen from among the 3.2 million nurses in the U.S. – include nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. The distinction, among the highest honors a nurse may receive, is awarded annually to a select few who are invited to receive academy recognition. Fellows also commit their time and energy to the academy, engaging with other health care leaders to transform the American health care system.

Rose earned her Ph.D. in nursing from U.Va., her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her bachelor’s degree from Shenandoah University. Before becoming a researcher and advocate for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, she completed post-doctoral training in gerontology with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation. Director of the school’s baccalaureate program since 2011, she came to U.Va. after teaching at James Madison University, the Virginia Geriatric Education Center and the Central and Western Virginia Alzheimer’s Association. Rose also worked as a clinician at the U.Va.. Medical Center, Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Middlesex General University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., and the Winchester Memorial Hospital in Winchester.

Between 2010 and 2012, Rose received the Faculty Publication Excellence Award, the Reynolds Distinguished Research Award, the Jeanette Lancaster Award for Faculty Development and the Innovative Teaching Award. In 2012, Rose received a $428,000 National Institutes of Health grant to study the link between nighttime agitation and urinary incontinence among people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Baernholdt received her undergraduate degree from Bispebjerg School of Nursing in Copenhagen, Denmark, her bachelor of science in nursing from Pace University in New York, master’s degrees in public health and nursing from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a post-doctoral fellow at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing, where she studied health care quality and patient outcomes. Prior to her appointment at U.Va., Baernholdt taught at Cedar Crest College Department of Nursing in Allentown, Pa. and at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., and was a critical care nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa., at New York City’s Mt. Sinai Hospital and at the University Medical Center in Tucson.

Baernholdt received the Clinical Nurse Leader class of 2011’s Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Faculty Research Publication Award in 2011 and the Innovative Teaching Award in 2010. The School of Nursing Alumni Association awarded her the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, the same year she received a Lanford Research Award and a nomination for U.Va.’s Teaching Award. She is part of a National Institutes of Health training grant for the Water and Health in Limpopo project, organized by U.Va.’s Center for Global Health.

Baernholdt and Rose will be among those initiated as fellows of the academy at its 40th annual meeting and conference, to be held Oct. 17 to 19 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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