Meredith Wallace Kazer, APRN, PhD, FAAN, has been named associate dean of Fairfield (Conn.) Universitys school of nursing. An adult and gerontological nurse practitioner, Kazer also is a professor and director of graduate programs at the school.
The appointment comes in the midst of the schools considerable growth and success.
“Dr. Kazer is a nationally recognized leader in the care of the aging and graduate nursing education,” Lynn Babington, RN, PhD, professor and dean of the school of nursing said in a news release. “Her strong leadership skills and extensive experience in interdisciplinary, collaborative practice will be critical assets as we move forward with new initiatives in the school of nursing and throughout the university.”
With Babington and Sally Gerard, RN, DNP, CDE, assistant professor, she is leading a new Fairfield University project, “Innovation in the Masters of Science in Nursing Program: A Global Approach,” designed to educate nurse leaders in this rapidly changing environment of healthcare reform.
Kazer, whose research interests focus on nursing care meeting the needs of older adults, is working on several research studies aimed at supporting the needs of older patients and men with prostate cancer. She has varied her research to include independent and collaborative projects focused on educating nurses in elder care. She currently maintains a practice in primary care with a focus on chronic illness in older adults.
Last year, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, an appointment reserved for nurse leaders at the forefront of the profession nationwide.