April 21, 2011

Minnick honored by nursing research society

Minnick honored by nursing research society

Ann Minnick, Ph.D., R.N., senior associate dean of Research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, has been elected to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Ann Minnick, Ph.D., R.N.

Ann Minnick, Ph.D., R.N.

She and 14 fellow inductees will be honored for contributions to nursing research and mentoring future nurse researchers at the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress in July in Cancun, Mexico.

“I am delighted to see her tremendous contributions to the world of nursing research recognized in this way,” said Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., C.N.M., dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

“Ann's career is a blueprint for what can be achieved by a curious, tenacious and talented nurse researcher. Without question, her research has significantly improved nursing care, as well as nursing education, in this country.”

Minnick's research has focused on nursing workforce issues and how physical resources and work processes can improve patient outcomes.

Her work with foundations and governmental bodies such as the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education Practice, which advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services and members of Congress, has improved policies for nurse recruitment and retention and supported educational opportunities at the masters and doctoral level.

She is the author of numerous publications that are widely used by practicing nurses and researchers.

She has written widely applied research papers on how to measure nurse labor in hospitals, methods of categorizing anesthesia provider models, techniques to describe overall resource availability and how to categorize the physician design of hospital units.

Minnick, who came to Vanderbilt in 2006, co-directs the Nursing School's Ph.D. and post-doctoral programs.