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UW dean garners highest nursing award from American Heart Association

Monday March 11, 2013
Pamela Mitchell, RN
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University of Washington School of Nursing Professor and Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell, RN, PhD, FAAN, received the highest award of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. Mitchell is the first nurse scientist working with stroke survivors to receive the award.

The Katharine A. Lembright Award was presented to Mitchell Nov. 6 during the AHA Scientific Sessions. As the award recipient, Mitchell gave a lecture at the conference called "Broken Hearts, Broken Brains and the Blues." In this lecture, she explored current theories about why depression might be more prevalent in acute and chronic cardiac disease and stroke patients, how genes might interact, and what practitioners can do to improve quality of life for patients with these challenges.

"I am truly honored to receive this lifetime achievement award, particularly as the first nurse scientist working with stroke survivors," Mitchell said in a news release. "It is a particular honor to join other UW alumni, Dr. Marie Cowan and Dr. Susan Woods, among other distinguished recipients."

The award recognizes and encourages excellence in cardiovascular research by established nurse scientists. It honors the American Heart Associationís assistant director of nursing from 1960-81, who played an important role in the development and growth of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. It is intended to recognize nurse scientists and encourage excellence in their research of cardiovascular disease.