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New AHRQ Senior Nurse Scholar-in-Residence now on board

Sandra R. Edwardson, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., has been selected as the sixth Senior Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This 1-year appointment is jointly sponsored by AHRQ and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Edwardson was chosen for this position from a competitive field of candidates who have demonstrated significant research, writing, publication, and teaching experience.

Dr. Edwardson will work with her colleagues at AHRQ in pursuing areas of investigation that integrate contemporary clinical nursing care questions with critical health care issues concerning quality of care, patient safety, health care costs, access to care, outcomes of care, and other related topics.

Prior to her appointment to this new position, Dr. Edwardson served as dean of the School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, from 1990 to the present. Before that, she was a faculty member in the same institution and at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Dr. Edwardson has a background in health services research and administration. Her research has focused on alternative systems for delivering and evaluating health care and on self-care responses to medical symptoms encountered by elderly people. She is a founding board member and past officer of Minnesota International Health Volunteers. Dr. Edwardson has served as a consultant with educators in Uganda and Asia on nursing education and with U.S. and Canadian hospitals regarding workload measurement and patient classification. She currently leads a project for developing nursing education and leadership in several central Asian nations.

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