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AACN Selects Yale Nursing Professor as 2011 Distinguished Research Lecturer

October 1, 2010

Professor Marge Funk.The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently selected Yale University School of Nursing Professor Marjorie “Marge” Funk, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, as the recipient of its 2011 Distinguished Research Lectureship.

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Funk is the 30th recipient of the prestigious annual award. Established in 1982 and now funded by a grant from Philips Healthcare, Andover, Mass., the award recognizes nurses whose program of research significantly influences high acuity and critical care.

Funk’s research focuses on the wise use of technology in the care of critically ill patients with heart disease. Her studies have examined the appropriate and safe use of technology, its equitable distribution and the human-machine interface.

Use of electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring is a thread throughout her research career with studies of how nurses use this technology to benefit patients.

In 2008, Funk received a $3.9 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as the principal investigator of the Practical Use of the Latest Standards for Electrocardiography (PULSE) Trial. The five-year, 17-site randomized clinical trial represented the largest research grant ever awarded to a researcher at Yale University School of Nursing. It evaluates the effect of implementing American Heart Association/AACN practice standards for ECG monitoring on nurses’ knowledge, quality of care and patient outcomes.

Funk’s research provides her an opportunity to mentor both hospital nurses and students. As co-chair of the Nursing Research Committee at Yale-New Haven Hospital, she helps hospital nurses through all phases of the research process, including presenting and publishing.

Funk received a BA degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a BSN from Cornell University – New York Hospital School of Nursing, an MSN from Yale University School of Nursing and a PhD in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University.

As the Distinguished Research Lecturer, Funk will present her groundbreaking research on Monday, May 2, at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. NTI, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for acute and critical care nurses, takes place Saturday, April 30, through Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Chicago.