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Dr. Swanson to Receive Prestigious Award from INA

Elizabeth A. Swanson

UI College of Nursing associate professor Elizabeth A. Swanson, PhD, RN, will be presented with the distinguished Teresa E. Christy Award at this year’s Iowa Nurses Association (INA) Convention, October 17, 2011.

This award is the highest nursing education accolade given on the state level by INA. 

With a theme of "leading nursing to all it can be," the Association’s annual convention will be held at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, October 16-18.

Established 1982, the Teresa E. Christy Award is presented to a registered nurse who has demonstrated professional commitment to the improvement of health care and the interrelationship of nursing education, nursing practice, and nursing research.

Criteria for the award are:

  1. A current or previous member of the Iowa Nurses Association, and active membership in any state nurses’ association.
  2. Evidence of professional commitment to the resolving of issues and to increasing knowledge of nursing trends for the improvement of health care.
  3. Evidence of outstanding contributions to the interrelationship of education, practice, and research.

Nominations must be received in the INA office by June 30 each year.

Teresa E. Christy, RN, FAAN (1927-1982), was acknowledged as the foremost nursing historian in the United States. A brilliant researcher, lecturer, writer, and educator as well as a member of the ANA Commission of Nursing Research, Dr. Christy was a professor at the College of Nursing, University of Iowa.

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Elizabeth A. Swanson, PhD, RN, is an associate professor and the director external relations at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Dr. Swanson's research has evolved from a health promotion emphasis to the study of the effects of nursing interventions to promote positive outcomes for patients with Alzheimer's disease and their families. Dr. Swanson serves as public relations and policy director for the John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. She also works with representatives of the long-term care industry to define effective strategies to promote retention of staff in long-term care facilities.

About INA
The Iowa Nurses Association (INA) advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, lobbying the Iowa Legislature on health related issues, and promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace.

INA promotes professional nursing by providing a unified voice for nursing in Iowa and advocating the health and well-being of all people. For more information, go to

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Sep 28th, 2011