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Baltimore, Md. – Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN, professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been honored with the 2014 Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Distinguished Researcher Award. Trinkoff received the award at the SNRS Annual Conference held in San Antonio Feb. 12-15.
SNRS’s Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes the contributions of an individual whose established program of research has enhanced the science and practice of nursing in the southern region. Recipients must demonstrate consistent evidence of outstanding scholarly contributions to nursing knowledge, a sustained publishing record and ongoing program of research, and documented contributions of research and research-related activities within the Southern region.
“Dr. Trinkoff’s innovativeness has been on display throughout her tenure at UMSON. Her work with the new generation of nurse scientists, as well as her contributions as a nurse researcher, have been outstanding and are a real asset to the School of Nursing and to the nursing profession,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I am pleased that Dr. Trinkoff is getting the recognition that she deserves as a nurse scientist.”
Trinkoff’s award-winning research examined nurse substance use and injuries and the effects of adverse work schedules on nurses. Findings were used to support the implementation of policy initiatives for nurses’ health and the impact of long work hours on nurses and the patients they care for. Additionally, results were applied to improving care in nursing homes.
“My findings indicate that the impact of nurses’ working conditions is far reaching, as they affect nurses’ health and their well-being as well as patient outcomes. Improving conditions for nurses will lead to better quality care and encourage them to remain in practice,” Trinkoff said. “I am honored to be recognized for my research by nursing colleagues and am thankful for my mentors and collaborators who also have contributed to these achievements.”
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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.