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UPenn predoctoral nursing student earns ANF grant for cancer research

Wednesday March 26, 2014
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Jessica Rearden, RN, MS, of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, is one of 20 nurse researchers who have been named recipients of more than $185,000 in grants from the American Nurses Foundation’s Nursing Research
Grants program.

Rearden, a pre-doctoral student at Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health, was recognized by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Sciences for her project, “Examining Opportunity for Cancer Clinical Trial Participation Among Underrepresented Groups,” according to a
news release.

“ANF is grateful for the generosity of supporters over the last 58 years who have made it possible to award over $4 million to more than 1,000 beginning and experienced nurse researchers and credentialing programs for patients, nurses and health care organizations,” Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, RN, PhD, MBA, FAAN, ANF chairwoman, said in the release.

Rearden’s study explores common reasons for exclusion from cancer clinical trial participation and how these may vary based on socio-demographic variables. ANF is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association.

The 2013 grant program focused on ANA’s research priorities and applications, which use ANA’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators. Individual grants ranged from $5,000 to $25.000.

The grants program is recognized for its high caliber and rigorous scientific review, according to the release. Each year, ANF scholars, reviewers and funders contribute to ground-breaking studies that shape and influence nursing practices and play a vital role in launching larger scientific
health research.

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