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President Bush Nominates VUSN’s Conway-Welch to the Nation’s Federal Health Sciences University

Jun. 15, 2006, 1:31 PM

President Bush Nominates VUSN’s Conway-Welch to the Nation’s

Federal
Health
Sciences
University

NASHVILLE

— President George W. Bush recently announced his intention to nominate Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., as a member of the Board of Regents of the

Uniformed
Services
University

of the Health Sciences.

The
Uniformed
Services
University
of the Health Sciences is an academic health center located at the
National
Naval
Medical
Center
in

Bethesda
,
Md.

The university consists of a school of medicine and a graduate school of nursing that trains physicians and advanced practice nurses for careers in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.

“Colleen is uniquely qualified to serve on this important board,” said Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor of Health Affairs for

Vanderbilt
University
Medical
Center

. “As a national leader in nursing education as well as emergency preparedness, she will have the opportunity to share her extraordinary insights and draw on her years of experience with these crucial issues.”

The curriculum concentrates on military medicine and public health during peace and war. The university relates education, research and service to activities such as military medicine, disaster medicine and military medical readiness.

Conway-Welch has served as dean of VUSN since 1984. During that time, she has been a leader in advanced practice nursing curriculum, technology, women’s health, global migration of nurses and emergency preparedness. Among many other distinctions, she is the director of the International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education (INCMCE). She is particularly interested in issues of communication and collaboration between military and civilian nurses in natural and man-made disasters.

Conway-Welch will serve a term that expires in May 2011.

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is committed to academic excellence and innovation in nursing education, clinical research, patient care, and advance practice delivery systems for nurses and the entire health care workforce. More information about the school is available online at: http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/nursing/

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Contact: Kathy Rivers

Phone: (615) 322-3894

Email: kathy.rivers@vanderbilt.edu

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