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Sacramento State nursing professorís gerontology work takes center stage

Friday April 19, 2013
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Sacramento State nursing professor Cheryl Osborne, EdD, MSN, has been selected as a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She also serves as director of the schoolís gerontology program.

Osborne was recognized for her local, state and national work in two areas. The fellowship acknowledges her leadership in the curriculum development, maintenance and growth of the gerontology program and her coordination and development of national nursing gerontology/geriatric standards and curricula.

Osborne has been serving people in need since 1974. "I wanted to be a nurse as a 5-year-old, and a teacher soon after becoming an RN," she said in a news release. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Osborne moved to Sacramento with her husband and began teaching at Sacramento State in 1984 while pursuing a doctorate at the University of San Francisco. She has directed the universityís gerontology program since 1996.

"It has been so wonderful working with older people whose resilience and wisdom has taught me a great deal about living life to the fullest," Osborne said in the release. "I enjoy passing those valuable lessons to my gerontology and nursing students."

The fellowship was bestowed March 1 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel in Florida. The ceremony was part of AGHEís 39th annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference.