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Rush University professor, RN selected as RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar

Monday October 8, 2012
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Susan Breitenstein, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, an assistant professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, was one of 12 nursing educators to win a competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Breitenstein will receive a three-year, $350,000 award to promote her academic career and support her research. According to a news release, the Nurse Faculty Scholar award is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing.

"The Nurse Faculty Scholars program is an amazing opportunity," Breitenstein said in the release. "Iíll have access to leaders and mentors, and I know this program will open many doors for me both personally and professionally."

For her research project, Breitenstein plans to develop and test digital delivery of a parent-training program for low-income, minority parents of young children. The digital adaptation of the evidence-based program will be developed for distribution through an application on the Android tablet.

Breitenstein hopes that developing the program for a tablet will make it more available to busy parents. She and her colleagues also will be asking parents to evaluate the program to learn whether it changes parenting behaviors and how useful they found it.

"One of my main interests is in implementation science," Breitenstein said. "I want to explore the best ways to deliver evidence-based programs and get them into real-world settings. This grant is supporting that work and will help me improve the systems we use to deliver programs."


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