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Inaugural Dracup Lecture Honoring Early-Career Mentoring

Many our our early career members were witness to AHA's inaugural named lecture honoring exemplary career mentoring this afternoon at the 2013 Scientific Sessions early career CVSN session. Our committee's co-chair, Dr. Kristin Sandau, co-moderated a wonderful early-career session focused on mechanisms of success in nursing science that culminated in Dr. Dracup giving an inspiring talk that will forevermore be named in her honor. 

Kathleen A. Dracup Distinguished Lecture in Exemplary Career Mentoring: “Established by the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council to recognize Dr. Kathleen Dracup as a Pillar of Excellence for exceptional and lifelong contributions to cardiovascular nursing, and CVSN’s commitment to fostering the development of the next generation of scientists. Dr. Dracup’s mentorship, dedication to and development of early-career cardiovascular nurse scientists has set in motion an incredible acceleration in the development in the cardiovascular nursing science and new knowledge to improve the care of patients with cardiovascular disease and their families.”

For those of you who are not familiar with the lifelong work of Dr. Draup

Dr. Kathleen Dracup is honored as a CVSN pillar of excellence for the exceptional and lifelong contributions she has made to cardiovascular nursing. Dr. Dracup has been a major international force in cardiovascular nursing research and practice for more than 30 years. Dr. Dracup's research career has focused on the care of patients with chronic cardiovascular disease and their families, and on developing and testing interventions that improve outcomes of high-risk patients. Dr. Dracup has disseminated her research findings in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, reviews, books and book chapters. Dr. Dracup has modeled exemplary local and national service and has held several high-profile leadership positions in the American Heart Association and several other nursing and interdisciplinary societies. Her many honors include being inducted into the Institute of Medicine, and receiving the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for Distinguished Career, the Heart Failure Society of America Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Heart Association Eugene Braunwald Award for Academic Mentorship. Dr. Dracup is particularly well known for her dedication to and development of early-career cardiovascular nurse scientists. Among her many trainees are Debra Moser, Barbara Riegel, Lynn Doering, Lorraine Evangelista and Mary Woo, all of whom have had remarkably influential programs of cardiovascular research and large cadres of successful trainees. Through her mentorship of early-career scientists, Dr. Dracup set in motion an incredibly acceleration in the development of cardiovascular nursing science and new knowledge to improve the care of patients with cardiovascular disease and their families. 

We look forward to honoring experts in early-career mentoring with this award for many years to come. 

Christopher S. Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA
Chair, CVSN Early-Career Committee

Posted by Christopher S. Lee on Nov 16, 2013 7:43 PM US/Central

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