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AHCPR and American Academy of Nursing Announce Selection of Second Senior Nurse Scholar

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Press Release Date: June 6, 1997

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, in conjunction with the American Academy of Nursing, has announced the selection of Lorraine Tulman, D.N.Sc., R.N., F.A.A.N., as the second senior nurse scholar-in-residence. Under this program, senior nurse scientists help AHCPR develop areas of investigation that integrate clinical nursing care questions with critical issues of quality, cost, and access to health care.

Dr. Tulman currently is an Associate Professor in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing. She will be on sabbatical from that position during her appointment as senior nurse scholar.

"We are very pleased Dr. Tulman will be joining AHCPR as our second nurse scholar," said AHCPR Administrator John M. Eisenberg, M.D. "Her research on women's health will bring an important perspective to the work AHCPR is doing."

For the past ten years, Dr. Tulman's research has focused on the health of women during life transitions, specifically during childbearing and following diagnosis of cancer. During her tenure as senior nurse scholar, Dr. Tulman plans to examine how clinical trial interventions not specific to women have added to our knowledge of the functional status of women. She hopes to study the relationship between clinical conclusions and national health care policy.

"This in-depth study of functional status measures in women and the analysis of data from reported studies will assist us in improving the health care we provide for women," said Janet Heinrich, Dr.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., Director of the American Academy of Nursing. The Academy, an organization of nursing leaders operating under the aegis of the American Nurses Association, is committed to the exploration of policy issues in health care.

The senior nurse scholar program is associated with AHCPR's Center for Primary Care Research which supports studies of primary care, and clinical, preventive and public health policies and systems. This includes studies of the effectiveness of education, supply and distribution of the health care workforce. Senior nurse scholars are appointed to serve for one year.

Dr. Tulman received her B.A. from New York University Washington Square College and her B.S., magna cum laude, from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., and earned her Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Tulman served as a nursing educator at several universities. She is a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics as well as a research fellow with the Center for Advancing Care in Serious Illness, both with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tulman has published numerous articles and book chapters.

For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs, Karen Carp, (301) 427-1858 (KCarp@ahrq.gov); Salina V. Prasad, (301) 427-1864 (SPrasad@ahrq.gov); or the American Academy of Nursing, Lucia Katsouros (202) 651-7238.

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