Nursing’s Anne Turner-Henson honored for leadership in research

By on April 13, 2014

Anne Turner-Henson, Ph.D., professor in the UAB School of Nursing, was recently awarded the prestigious Leadership in Research Award at the 2014 Southern Nursing Research Society’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The award is based on the outstanding merit of a member’s leadership, contribution to society, and promotion of nursing and health care research. The award is not given every year.

Turner-Henson was lauded for her visionary and interdisciplinary, federally funded research that has contributed to: the health of children with chronic illness and their caregivers, reducing children’s environmental risks, and training other nurses in the Leadership Education for Child Health Nursing program. She has conducted interdisciplinary research to test innovative models of care in areas including asthma and secondhand smoke reduction, resulting in adoption of these programs in various Alabama school districts, child care programs like Head Start, and community-based organizations.

Turner-Henson leads UAB’s Leadership Education in Child Health Nursing Program. The focus of this program is to build capacity and leadership in child-health nursing — an area in which the United States is facing a critical shortage.

The goals of the program are to train child-health nursing faculty leaders interested in leadership, education and bio-behavioral research using the framework of the existing doctoral program in the School of Nursing. Objectives include recruiting culturally, racially, ethnically and geographically diverse nurses into a distance-accessible doctoral program.

The program aims to provide consultation, continuing education and collaboration to child-health agencies at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Turner-Henson joined the Southern Nursing Research Society in 1991 and has held multiple roles with the organization, including abstract/grant reviewer, committee chair for the annual conference planning committee, chair of the Parent/Child RIG and vice president.

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