Top honors bestowed on Fairfield University Professor Meredith Kazer


Image: Meredith WallaceNew Haven, Connecticut resident Meredith Wallace Kazer, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN, associate dean of Fairfield University's School of Nursing, has been recognized with both a national best book award and the highest accolade that the Connecticut Nurses' Association bestows.

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) named Dr. Kazer's most recent book one of the best of the year in nursing publishing. Dr. Kazer, who is also a professor and director of graduate programs at the School of Nursing, co-authored (with Leslie Neal-Boylan, Ph.D.) ‘Case Studies in Gerontological Nursing for the Advanced Practice Nurse' (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), which was named a best book in the Gerontological Nursing category. An adult and gerontological nurse practitioner, Dr. Kazer maintains a practice in home care with a focus on chronic disease management in older adults.

The prestigious AJN Book of the Year competition garners attention from more than 100,000 readers, librarians, and faculty, many of whom base their key book purchasing decisions on this award program. The gerontological category is for those books that best address the complex physical, social, and emotional needs of the older adult in all care settings.

Later this month, the Connecticut Nurses' Association (CNA) will honor Dr. Kazer with the 2013 Virginia A. Henderson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nursing Research. The award is one of several Diamond Jubilee Awards established by CNA to honor individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to nursing in the areas of practice, education, administration, political action and service.

"This prestigious award represents the highest honor the nursing profession in Connecticut can bestow on one of its own, a kind of 'Nobel Prize' in nursing," said Kimberly Sandor, MSN, APRN, executive director of the Connecticut Nurses' Association, Connecticut Nurses Foundation.

Dr. Kazer said she is thrilled to receive this prestigious award. "Moreover, I am privileged to join a group of highly distinguished nurses inspired by researchers like Virginia Henderson," said Dr. Kazer. "I am grateful to my colleagues who considered me among those recognized previously who have contributed substantially to quality improvement in nursing care."

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 16, 2013

Vol. 46, No. 80