News Release: Research , School of Nursing

Sep. 28,  2010

Emory Nursing Researcher Named Outstanding Nurse Scientist

News Article ImageEmory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in 1988, Sandra Dunbar has been a pioneer in cardiovascular disease nursing research.

The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) presented Emory University nurse scientist and educator Sandra Dunbar, DSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA, with the 2010 Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award at its National Congress on the State of the Science in Nursing Research in Washington Sept. 27.

CANS, the research arm of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), awards the Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award every two years to a nurse scientist whose sustained program of research has made a significant impact on knowledge development with recognizable benefit for nursing practice and health care. Dunbar is the third nurse scientist to receive this highly coveted distinction since it was established in 2006.

Since joining Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in 1988, Dunbar has been a pioneer in cardiovascular disease nursing research. She has devised new ways of educating and counseling heart patients and their caregivers to achieve and maintain health through better lifestyles and self-care skills. She is currently leading three National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies focused on reducing caregiver stress and enhancing the quality of life among heart failure patients with diabetes.

“This prestigious award is a reflection of Dr. Dunbar’s extraordinary scholarship,” says Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, dean and professor of the Emory School of Nursing. “Her cutting-edge research holds great promise in the treatment and management of cardiovascular diseases. This award also recognizes the innovative nursing research taking place at Emory’s nursing school.”

Dunbar was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Nursing in 1990. Her most recent honors include the 2010 Distinguished Researcher Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society, an American Heart Association Best Abstract Award, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Distinguished Research Award, the Emory School of Medicine’s One in One Hundred Mentor Award for postdoctoral mentorship, and the Georgia Nurse Researcher of the Year Award.

Dunbar earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida, and a doctoral degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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