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Union Nursing Professor Wins Research Award

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 15, 2003 – Charlotte Ward-Larson, associate professor of nursing at Union University, was presented with the D. Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award for 2003 at the annual meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society (SRNS) Feb. 15.

The award recognizes the contributions of a researcher who has enhanced the science and practice of nursing in the Southern region. It is named in honor of the first president of the SRNS.

Ward-Larson was honored for her project "The Efficacy of Facilitated Tucking for Relieving Procedural Pain of Endotracheal Suctioning in Very Low Birth Weight Infants."

The study demonstrated that tucking and holding infants in a fetal position reduces the amount of pain the infant feels during suction procedures. “It gives nurses another tool to provide comfort to sick infants,” said Ward-Larson.

Ward-Larson has produced an article on her research which will be published in an upcoming edition of MCN: the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

"Dr. Ward-Larson's research will have a significant impact on nursing practice,” said Susan Jacob, dean of the school of nursing at Union. “It is indicative of the school of nursing’s commitment to excellence in nursing education, research and practice."

Media contact: Chris Allen, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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