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Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Associate Professor and Director Receives Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant

BOCA RATON, FL (July 7, 2009)   Anne Boykin, dean and professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, today announced that Ruth McCaffrey , associate professor and director of the Initiative for Intentional Well Being, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to study public/global health at Naresuan University in Thailand. Fulbright grants provide funding for postgraduate study, research, lecturing and/or professional development abroad.

McCaffrey will travel to Thailand in August for one month and will spend time with nurse faculty colleagues at the university.  Her assignment includes assisting with planning for the development of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.), focused on community nursing practice; collaborating with faculty development activities in research; and assisting in the development of and teaching in the Master of Nursing Science in community nurse practitioner program.

In one of her roles at FAU’s College of Nursing, McCaffrey provides oversight for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and teaches doctorate-level courses.   Like many DNP programs around the country, the FAU DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses and nurse administrators with a doctoral degree that focuses on practice leadership.  Unique to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, though, is the emphasis on the delivery of advanced practice nursing to an aging, culturally-diverse population. Students experience working with different ethnic groups to design systems of population-based health promotion. These systems can then be implemented to improve global health using multidisciplinary approaches that demonstrate cultural competence.

            “Faculty who study abroad have an opportunity to increase their global and cultural awareness,” said Boykin.  “This translates into a broader awareness of the nursing practice as a whole, which benefits both faculty and students in the host country and here in South Florida.  We are proud of Ruth and our faculty who have studied in other countries with the Fulbright Senior Specialist grant award.”

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s philosophy focuses on the concept of Caring in nursing: advancing the science, studying its meaning, practicing the art and living it day-to-day.  Its state-of-the-art facility on FAU’s Boca Raton campus equips students and faculty to address present, emerging and future healthcare needs with passion and compassion.   For more information, visit www.fau.edu/nursing.


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Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is committed to nurturing the wholeness of persons and environment through Caring.

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