June 16, 2006

VUSN leader tapped for board of federal health sciences school

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Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D.

VUSN leader tapped for board of federal health sciences school

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 university is an academic health center located at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. It 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, Navy and 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 times of peace and war.

The university relates education, research and service to activities such as military medicine, disaster medicine and military medical readiness.

Conway-Welch is 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.