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Dr. Herr to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Keela A. Herr

Keela A. Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN, professor and associate dean for faculty at UI’s College of Nursing, was recently announced as the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA).

For 25 years, Dr. Herr has been engaged in a program of research, scholarly, and professional activities focused on the problem of pain in older adults, with emphases in assessment strategies, improving practices through translation research, and end-of-life care.

Dr. Herr is the co-Director of the Iowa John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. She presents and publishes on strategies for improving assessment and management of pain in elders. She also has provided professional leadership on a national level to the Board of Directors for the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and the American Pain Society (APS).

Dr. Herr will be presented with the award during the association’s annual convention, which will be held October 4-6 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Her receipt of this prestigious accolade marks a modest but notable streak for CON faculty, as Professor Emerita Meridean Mass, PhD, RN, was the recipient of the 2011 NGNA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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About the National Gerontological Nursing Association
The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) was founded in 1984, and is dedicated to the clinical care of older adults across diverse care settings. Members include clinicians, educators, and researchers with vastly different educational preparation, clinical roles, and interest in practice issues. Learn more at

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Jul 11th, 2012