Members of PUC nursing faculty honored
By Wes Lukoshus Purdue University Calumet; firstname.lastname@example.org November 8, 2012 4:42PM
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:15AM
Purdue University Calumet professor of nursing Lisa Hopp has been a leader in advancing evidence-based nursing practice — which is all about identifying and implementing proven research findings as a standard for maximizing patient care outcomes.
PUC’s School of Nursing houses the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, part of a global cooperative effort intended to expand understanding and use of research-based evidence. To that effort, Hopp’s commitment, influence and leadership have been significant. Her contributions also have been recognized by her recent induction into the American Academy of Nursing.
As an inductee, the Valparaiso resident joins some 1,800 Fellows of the Academy who are considered among the most accomplished leaders in nursing-related education, management, practice and research. They serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice.
“Being inducted into the American Academy of Nursing means having the opportunity to work with some of the best minds in nursing to advance nursing practice and health-care policy,” said Hopp, a 20-year PUC faculty member. “We are at a tipping point where nurses can play a very important role in mending our ailing health-care system.
“I am very honored to join this incredible group of nursing leaders.”
Peggy Gerard, the dean of PUC’s School of Nursing, said Hopp’s work in evidence-based nursing practice “has had local, national and international impact on nursing practice and patient outcomes. She was instrumental in the creation of the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, a collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute.
“The Center, coupled with Dr. Hopp’s scholarship in evidence-based practice, has made a significant positive impact on our School of Nursing, curriculum and faculty.”
For more information about the American Academy of Nursing, visit www.aannet.org/fellows.
Another nursing honor: Another PUC nursing faculty member, assistant professor Cheryl Anema, also has been honored. The South Holland, Ill., resident recently received the DAISY Faculty Award for commitment to and inspirational influence on her students.
Honorees are nominated by peers and colleagues for positively affecting their students through demonstrated excellence in clinical expertise, compassionate care and as role models in the nursing community.
In a colleague’s nomination letter, Anema was cited for having “an awesome way of getting students and the rest of us to learn. ... She encouraged students to think outside the box when it seemed like answers were not coming our way. She promoted interdisciplinary collaboration and, ultimately, led us to a possible solution.”
Anema has taught on the PUC nursing faculty since 2007.
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The program is designed to provide an overview of PUC. Attendees will have a chance to meet with academic advisers, faculty and staff members, and learn about admission qualifications, financial-aid availability, academic scholarships, campus life, career services and Purdue Calumet’s innovative experiential learning initiative, in which each student applies traditional classroom and textbook learning to a work-related, real-world environment.
A campus tour also is scheduled, including live demonstrations in the Department of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership, and a stop at PUC’s apartment-style, student residential community, The University Village. Student-athletes interested in continuing their sports careers at the university level also can meet with a PUC athletics official.