CNHS Annual Scholarship Day Gets Underway

Posted: April 20, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

“Building Partnerships Through Education, Research, and Practice,” a community health care conference, is held today in the lower level of the Johnson Center. Approximately 365 participants, including representatives from community and clinical agencies, students, faculty, and other members of the health care industry, meet to discuss managed care concepts and work force issues, ways to strengthen and build community partnerships, and to facilitate evidence-based practice through research presentations and scholarly exchange.

More than 50 poster presentations on evidence-based practice and collaborative research, prepared by students, faculty, and community partners, are on display throughout the day. Rita Carty, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS), describes the event as “a collaborative sharing with our community colleagues.”

The opening session, “How Care Can Really Be Managed,” is presented by Greg Pawlson, executive vice president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. A highlight of the day is the Evelyn E. Cohelan Lectureship. Named after the first chair of George Mason’s Department of Nursing, the original academic unit of nursing education at the university, the luncheon program includes an address on “Global Work Force Issues” by James Buchan, a professor at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh and an international expert on nursing employment policy and work force planning. In addition, Carty presents the annual Evelyn E. Cohelan Faculty Leadership Award, which honors a junior faculty member in CNHS for outstanding performance. This year’s recipient is Lisa Pawloski.

The annual event is presented by CNHS, Inova Health System, the George Mason nursing alumni chapter, the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and “Partnerships for Quality Education,” a Robert W. Johnson Foundation grant.

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