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October 23, 2017

Research News and the Value of Mentorship

Keyanna Bynum, a nursing undergraduate co-op student, has received funding through a NIH NINR Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. This is a four-year administrative supplement to the parent R01 grant “Enhanced Ultrasound treatment of chronic wounds with monitoring of healing and quality of life outcomes.” This RO1 grant’s Co-Investigators are Peter A. Lewin, PhD from Biomedical Engineering and Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili,PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN from Doctoral Nursing. The supplement will specifically support Keyanna during her co-ops where she will be conducting the long-term follow-up of study participants under the mentorship of Lewin and DiMaria-Ghalili. Lewin and DiMaria-Ghalili will serve as Keyanna’s mentors on this award, and they both look forward to continuing to work with Keyanna on their research team!

DiMaria-Ghalili served as a mentor for the Liberty Scholars program. She mentored Kenyanna through the STAR scholars program this past summer.

This news comes at a great time as College Factual ranked our nursing program second in the country and first in the state of PA. These experiences contribute to the great opportunities for our nursing undergraduate students at Drexel! Keyanna is the first nursing undergraduate co-op student to be a recipient of this funding mechanism.

This wonderful news is an excellent example of how senior faculty mentorship of undergraduate nursing students has such a positive profound effect on the future of these students. 


I want to again congratulate Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, Theresa Campo, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP and Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CRNP-BC, CNE, FAANP on their induction into the American Academy of Nursing. Being inducted as a Fellow in the Academy is considered one of nursing’s highest honors and not an easy task. An individual must demonstrate sustained work in an area of nursing that has a profound effect on research, education, practice and policy nationally and internationally. It is not uncommon for an individual to be rejected once or a few times prior to being elected to fellowship. This year, there were 173 inductees and over 100 other applicants who did not meet criteria to be in the Academy. With over three million nurses in the United States—nursing is the largest healthcare provider in the country. Out of these three+ million nurses, only 2,500 are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. The Academy came to fruition over 40 years ago. If you do the math, approximately eight percent of those three+ million nurses are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.

The Academy also elects honorary fellows, who are not nurses. These individuals must have a sustained impact on nursing throughout their career in order to be elected to the fellowship. There were three honorary fellows inducted this year. It should be noted that our new dean, Laura N. Gitlin, PhD is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Second CNHP DrNP Alumna Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing

Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CRNP-BC, CNE, FAANP is the first. On October 7, 2017, Valerie Cotter, DrNP, currently an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins College of Nursing, was the second alumna to be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Here is a description of Val’s outstanding work and accomplishments from the Johns Hopkins faculty web page:

Valerie Cotter, DrNP, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, is an expert in dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and aging. She was recently named a Sojourns Scholar by the Cambia Health Foundation and will receive funding to develop an advance care planning education program for primary care providers. In 2005, she worked with the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley to start the first specialized support group for people with early-stage dementia.

In addition, her work at Drexel is now in press:

Cotter, V., Gonzalez, E., Fisher, K. & Richards, K. Influence of hope, social support, and self-esteem in early stage dementia in Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.
Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, ARPN, NEA-BC, FAAN    
Clinical Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean for Nursing & CNE
Chief Academic Nursing Officer