Two School of Nursing Faculty Members Selected as Fellows of American Academy of Nursing

Emily Hauenstein and Sally Norton recognized for major contributions to nursing and health care

June 15, 2012

Emily Hauenstein, Ph.D., L.C.P., M.S.N., R.N.

Emily Hauenstein, Ph.D., L.C.P., M.S.N., R.N., professor and associate dean for research, and Sally Norton, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.A.P., F.P.C.N., associate professor of nursing at the School of Nursing, were recently selected to be inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Selection to the academy is one of the highest honors in the field of nursing. It is composed of more than 1,800 of the nation’s top nurse researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners. Hauenstein and Norton will be inducted during the academy’s 39th annual meeting and conference on October 13, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Hauenstein, who joined the School’s faculty in the summer of 2011, directs the School of Nursing’s Center for Research and Evidence-Based Practice, a role in which she collaborates closely with faculty and students on research development. A nurse and clinical psychologist with nearly 30 years experience as a practitioner in both acute and community settings, she is nationally recognized for her published research and her work to develop intervention programs that address the mental health needs of women in rural, impoverished communities. Specifically, she explores the individual, family, and community factors that contribute to depression, examines service disparities, and designs and tests treatments that can be successfully implemented in underserved regions.

Awarded tenure at the School of Nursing in February, Hauenstein also received the Diversity/Equity award for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Services from the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses in March. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Rochester, her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.

Sally Norton, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.A.P., F.P.C.N.

Building on years of experience as an intensive care unit nurse, Norton is a nationally recognized expert on palliative care and end-of-life issues, and works across professions to influence and improve how palliative care is delivered in an acute care setting. Norton links practice and research as an associate professor at the School of Nursing and co-director of research for the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Clinical Ethics, Medical Humanities, and Palliative Care. Her role in this inter-professional center creates many opportunities for innovative, hospital-based research responsive to palliative care needs.

Specifically, over the last decade, Norton has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health funded studies that have examined the communication strategies used by clinicians to discuss end-of-life-issues, and has explored the effects of the hospital cultural context on family members’ end-of-life decisions. She collaboratively developed, tested, implemented, and evaluated a proactive and sustainable palliative care screening tool in the Strong Memorial Hospital intensive care unit, and more recently is heading up a New York State funded program to strengthen nurses’ care of hospitalized older adults with serious, life-limiting illness. Her published findings have served as a model for hospitals around the world, and in 2009 she was selected by the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association for the inaugural class of fellows in Palliative Care Nursing. Norton holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her post-doctoral research fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University.

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