PhD grad garners national award for research on pediatric sedation

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Nancy Crego, PhD `13

U.Va. School of Nursing alumna Nancy Crego (PhD`13) received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for 2013-2014, a competitive annual award bestowed to nursing scholars conducting research with a “real world impact.”

The AACN recognized Crego for her dissertation research titled “Factors influencing pediatric sedation safety,” a project begun during her final years in U.Va.’s doctoral program. Crego, from Arlington, Virginia, graduated with a doctoral degree in nursing in August 2013.

Christine Kennedy, U.Va.’s director of the School of Nursing PhD program and the Madeline Higginbotham Sly Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics, credits Crego’s nominators Linda F.C. Bullock, the School of Nursing’s associate director of research and her dissertation chair Beth Merwin, U.Va. School of Nursing professor emerita with demonstrating supportive mentorship of emerging scholars.

As part of the award, Crego will attend AACN’s Doctoral Education Conference in January 2014 and present her research findings and plans for dissemination. She will also discuss her scholarship on a webinar later this spring at U.Va.

Crego currently works as an instructor for the BSN program at the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Georgetown University with a focus on nursing care of infants and children course and transitions to professional practice. She is currently working on three publications associated with her dissertation research.

The AACN’s dissertation review committee offered praise for the scope of Crego’s vision and work.

“Her aim to use these outcomes to initiate sedation regulation policy has the potential to make a very timely and important impact on pediatric practice and patient quality and safety,” the reviewers wrote. “Dr. Crego’s dissemination plan is ambitious and timely as cost and quality are major current concerns in healthcare.”

“Nursing scholarship like Nancy’s is part of what makes the U.Va. experience so singular,” said Bullock. “Our students tackle big questions and issues, engaging in the kinds of research and resultant discussion that will truly change nursing and healthcare for the better. We couldn’t be more proud of her.”