The Virginia Nurses Association honored two University of Virginia nursing professors at the group’s annual gala, held Saturday in Richmond.
Linda F.C. Bullock, associate dean for research and Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing, received the Leadership Excellence Award for a Nurse Researcher, and was cited for her leadership “in promoting health and wellness for the vulnerable, as well as encouraging professional development for nurses.”
Bullock’s NIH-funded research, which examines the effect of home visiting nurses using a novel screening to detect abuse among pregnant women, has “enhanced the image of professional nursing,” according to the group.
Karen Rose, assistant dean for research and innovation at the School of Nursing, received the group’s Leadership Excellence Award for a Nurse Educator and was lauded for her “passion for providing students with unique opportunities to enhance their educational experiences while also providing service to the Health System.”
Rose, who is currently conducting research on nighttime agitation and incontinence among people with Alzheimer’s disease, received NIH funding for her work with engineering professor John Lach and expects to have final results by mid-2015. Rose, who was recently named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, is an associate professor and former director of the school’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
“The VNA recognized last weekend what so many of us at U.Va. already know for certain,” Dean of Nursing Dorrie Fontaine said. “Linda and Karen’s dedication and leadership have not only inspired countless students, academics and fellow clinicians, they inspire each of us to stand tall in our shared profession. They make us proud.”
The Virginia Nurses Association is the commonwealth’s largest professional group, representing the state’s 100,000 registered nurses. Bullock and Rose were among six Virginia nurses and academics honored by the group, chosen from dozens of nominees for each award.