December 14, 2005

Case Western Reserve University nursing professor awarded profession's highest honor

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Carol M. Musil, an associate professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was inducted recently as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) at its Annual Meeting and Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. This award acknowledges Musil’s outstanding contributions to nursing and health care, advances that will have a strong and lasting influence on nursing practice and health policy nationwide.

"I’m thrilled to have been awarded this prestigious honor from the academy," said Musil, who lives in Bay Village. "Becoming a Fellow of the academy is truly one of the highlights of my professional and personal life."

In addition to her teaching duties, Musil is a renowned researcher in the field of family health, particularly focusing on the coping, stress and caregiving issues experienced by grandmothers who have caregiver responsibilities of young children or other at-risk youth. In a study completed this year, "The Grandmother Study: Intergenerational Caregiving to Youth at Risk," Musil and her research team measured stresses experienced by grandmothers and their family, social supports, learned resourcefulness and family well-being. They found that grandmothers who are caregivers to their grandchildren are more likely to experience stress and depression to non-caregivers to grandchildren. Older grandmothers and women of color have reported more family stress; further, family stresses and strains contribute to the grandmothers’ view of family well-being.

The American Academy of Nursing is comprised of approximately 1,500 nursing leaders in nursing education, management, practice and research. It anticipates national and international trends in health care, and addresses resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy.

Selection for the academy is considered the most prestigious honor bestowed upon a professional nurse. Musil’s induction brings the number of Case AAN Fellows to 16. The Bolton School has approximately 85 faculty members.

For more information: Laura M. Massie (216)-368-4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, December 14, 2005 02:23 PM | News Topics: Awards, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

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