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(Oct 3, 2012) Nursing professor and alumna Arlene Keeling, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing, was recently recognized with the Mary Roberts Award for her book Nurses on the Front Lines: When Disaster Strikes, 1878-2010. The 2011 book, published by Springer Publishing Company, is the first to earn this distinction, which is given annually by the American Association for the History of Nursing.
Nurses on the Front Lines -- co-edited by Barbra Mann Wall and Keeling – explains what nurses might expect during disasters and outlines actions to take when disasters strike, using historical examples from the 1878 yellow fever epidemic in Mississippi to the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire in downtown Boston in 1942, from the earthquake that devastated Alaska in 1964 to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to Keeling, U.Va.’s assistant professor of nursing Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, FAANP, and John Kirchgessner, PhD, RN, assistant director of the Bjoring Center, contributed chapters as well.
The award is named after the first editor of the American Journal of Nursing Mary Roberts. Keeling has been a professor at U.Va. since 1992, and directs the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry.