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DECEMBER 1, 2005
  Penn Nurses Receive Prestigious Award from International Honor Society of Nursing

(Philadelphia, PA) - Two nursing leaders from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) -- Jane Barnsteiner, RN, PhD, FAAN and Sarah Hope Kagan, RN, PhD, FAAN -- are the honored recipients of Founders Awards from Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing.

Barnsteiner, who is Director of Nursing Translational Research, was awarded the Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards and Kagan, who is a Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, was awarded the Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice. The Founders Awards are presented in the areas of technology, media, chapter excellence, research, and leadership.

“For almost 40 years, I have been engaged in developing, implementing and evaluating standards,” says Barnsteiner, who is also a Professor of Pediatric Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. “I am pleased to receive this award and thrilled to have had the good fortune of working with colleagues who recognize the importance of standards in achieving excellence for patients and families. I have truly had a charmed career in nursing.” Barnsteiner, known for her work in pediatric critical care nursing, has been published in professional journals on such topics as nurse practitioners in pediatric critical care, the state of the science on safe medication administration, and medication reconciliation.

Kagan, who is also an Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, stated, “This award is most meaningful to me because it recognizes clinical practice, and my practice at HUP specifically. I believe that receiving the Founders Award will help remind me and my colleagues about what is really important in nursing - providing quality patient care and helping others do the same in the best way possible.” At HUP, Kagan offers advanced nursing consultation to patients, their families, nurses, and physicians on the complex needs of older adults related to their hospitalization for acute or chronic illness. Kagan is also secondary faculty in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), where she consults on clinical research and the management of patients. Kagan is nationally credentialed as a Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse. Two years ago, Kagan was named a MacArthur Fellow, one of only two nurses to receive this esteemed prize for creative and innovative work in any field.


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