The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging — has awarded the prestigious Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award to Barbara J. Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor emeritus of the UW–Madison School of Nursing. This award is bestowed upon a GSA member in recognition of their outstanding and sustained contributions to geriatric nursing research.
In 2021, the Bowers Fellow was established in recognition of the legacy Dr. Barbara Bowers has created as a nurse educator, researcher, and philanthropist. We asked Dr. Bowers to tell us about her experience adding the School of Nursing to her estate plans.
Presented October 6, 2020, the 21st Annual Littlefield Leadership Lecture is available to watch online. The event features associate dean for research and Charlotte Jane and Ralph A. Rodefer chair, Dr. Barbara Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, joined by Dr. Robyn I. Stone, DrPH, senior vice president of research with LeadingAge, and co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMass Boston.
Dr. Barbara J. Bowers and her team aim to reduce staff attrition and elevate practice perceptions with Geri-Res, an online long-term care nurse residency program.
Maichou Lor, who received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, was born in a refugee camp in Thailand before her family immigrated to Madison. Lor is the first Hmong-American nurse to earn a PhD in the U.S.
Professor Ga Eon Lee, a visiting scholar at the School of Nursing, seeks a deeper understanding of what nursing staff experience in long-term care hospitals.
School of Nursing faculty members Barbara King and Barbara Bowers have earned awards from the Midwest Nursing Research Society.