Introducing Connie Delaney - School of Nursing - University of ...

Introducing Connie Delaney - School of Nursing - University of ...

spring 2006


2 Meet Dean Connie Delaney

Informatics, humanizing health care,

and her global view

12 Research

• Fat academic disease?

• Fall prevention in older women

• Pioneering adolescent health

18 A Summit of Sages

What they saw, what they said

20 Hurricane Katrina:

When the world changed,

SoN made a difference

22 Native American Bridge Program

MS to PhD…by way of Oklahoma

and Minnesota

23 Back to the Future

Nurse educators and policymakers

from three former Soviet republics

reshape nursing in Central Asia

editor’s note

Dear readers:


1 From the Dean

4 School News

New research center, SoN

opens first clinic, and more

24 Honor and Awards

26 Grants

28 Publications

30 Center News

36 Alumni News

Days of Exploration:

April, in the Twin Cities

38 In Memoriam

40 School of Nursing Alumni Society

42 School of Nursing Foundation

How we present ourselves reveals who we think we are, and as the

school evolves in directions congruent with those of the University and the Academic Health

Center, we are, accordingly, changing the way we look to ourselves and the outside world.

The core of our new identity is the ambitious idea that this school makes a real

difference in health care. We are about leadership with high purpose, propelled by bold

intellectual exploration, compassionate engagement and excellence.

As you read this issue, let the maroon and gold colors remind you that our school

is part of this great University of Minnesota, which aspires to be one of the world’s three

greatest public research universities.

Let the intertwined layers recall our research, education and service missions. Let

them remind you of the many dimensions of the holistic profession of nursing, and our

school’s inter-professional relationships and involvement with the communities and

people we serve. Notice that this complexity is ordered around a central core—the power

of nursing to integrate health care.

Our graphics angle energetically upward, evoking a dynamic cross—a symbol that

even as early as the ancient Egyptian ankh symbolized life and protection. A two-directional

arrow suggests creativity, adventures of the mind, and reciprocal relationships—teaching

and learning. Our graphics are strong and bold, but the respect and compassion that are

the soul of nursing are reflected in rounded shapes.

Ideals? Yes. But they reflect concrete decisions about how we plan to live up to those ideals

in our evolving environment. To learn about those decisions, read the message on page 1 from

our new dean, Connie Delaney, whom we proudly salute with this issue of Minnesota Nursing!

Dean, School of Nursing

Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Editor and Communications Director

Mary Pattock

Assistant Editor

Aneisha Tucker

Contributing Writers

Amy Barrett, Linda Bearinger, Connie White

Delaney, Sandra Edwardson, Ann Garwick,

Gayle Hallin, Mame Osteen, Mary Pattock,

Aneisha Tucker, Jean Wyman


Stormi Greener, Barbara LaValleur,

Mary Pattock, Tim Rummelhoff

Graphic Design

Rima Bueno Design

Minnesota Nursing is published by the

University of Minnesota School of Nursing for

alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school.

Send correspondence to Minnesota Nursing at:

Communications Director

University of Minnesota School of Nursing

5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall

308 Harvard Street S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Telephone us at:

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The School of Nursing seeks to admit and

educate a diverse student body, both in

order to enrich the students’ educational

experience and to prepare them to meet the

health needs of a diverse society.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the

policy that all persons shall have equal access to

its programs, facilities, and employment without

regard to race, color, creed, religion, national

origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public

assistance, veteran status or sexual orientation.

This publication/material can be made available

in alternative formats for people with disabilities.

The University’s mission, carried out on

multiple campuses and throughout the state,

is threefold: research and discovery, teaching

and learning, and outreach and public service.

C Printed on recycled paper. Contains a

minimum of 10% post-consumer recycled fiber.

©2006 by the Regents of the University of

Minnesota. All rights reserved.

Mary Pattock


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