School of Nursing Professor to Visit Thailand as Fulbright Specialist

January 20, 2009

Jeanne T. Grace, Ph.D., R.N., W.H.N.P., professor emeritus of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing

Jeanne T. Grace, Ph.D., R.N., W.H.N.P., professor emeritus of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, is spending six weeks in Thailand this winter as a Fulbright Senior Specialist lecturing at Mahidol University.

Grace will teach evidence-based practice skills to 180 nursing faculty, speak to both graduate and undergraduate nursing students, and consult with those working to establish a center of excellence for evidence-based practice at Mahidol.

“Like physicians, nurse educators must assure that our students become lifelong seekers and users of trustworthy information that guides effective practice,” said Grace. “One of the things that’s really neat about evidence-based practice is that it gives us different ways to quantify ‘So what?’ That’s the real issue for clinicians. How is this going to make a difference? We must teach students to frame clinical questions, conduct efficient searches for evidence, and appraise that evidence for validity and clinical relevance.”

Several years ago, Grace managed the School of Nursing’s transformation of nursing education into an evidence-based practice paradigm, developing a progressive curriculum from the undergraduate to doctoral level. In 2006 she received a New York State Nursing Education Award, and the School’s chapter of the nursing honor society named an award for evidence-based practice in her honor.

Grace earned her master’s degree in women’s health care from the University of Rochester and her doctorate in nursing from the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

The Fulbright Specialists  program was created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar program. It provides short-term academic opportunities for U.S. faculty and professionals to collaborate with professional counterparts at non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities.

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