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LU's Pape recognized for nursing research

Tess Pape, associate professor of nursing at Lamar University, is a recipient of the Professional Issues Writer’s Award from MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health.

Pape shares the award with co-author Ruth Roberts for their article “Scholarship in Nursing: Not an Isolated Concept,” published in the January/February issue of MEDSURG Nursing. The article discusses how nurses working in hospitals can contribute to academic research in terms of policies, procedures and patient care.

Roberts, a doctoral student at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, accepted the award at this year’s Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses annual convention Sept. 8-11 in Boston. The award marks Pape’s second Professional Issues Writer’s Award from MEDSURG Nursing.

“Dr. Pape's award exemplifies her scholarly expertise in nursing and her ability to present research at levels appropriate for different audiences. She has a pattern of research that has added to the discipline of nursing and evidence-based nursing practice,” said Eileen Curl, chair of the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing.

Before joining the Lamar faculty this summer, Pape was recognized by Gannett Publications and Johnson & Johnson as the 2010 Nurse of the Year for Teaching Excellence. She has spoken at several national nursing conferences about her research on medication safety.

“It was a pleasant surprise to receive this writing award as it provides increased impetus for starting my work at Lamar University, which has a vision of excellence as a part of their motto,” Pape said. “I plan to increase my scholarly accomplishments in the years ahead, and I consider myself fortunate to have been chosen to teach at Lamar.”

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