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Nancy Redeker Receives Virginia Henderson Award for Nursing Research

September 2, 2011

Nancy Redeker.Read the "Yale Nurses Win Highest Honors in State" article in the Yale Daily News

Nancy S. Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, has been selected by Connecticut Nurses' Association (CNA) to receive the 2011 Virginia A. Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research. Dr. Redeker is professor and associate dean for scholarly affairs at Yale University School of Nursing (YSN).

The Henderson award is one of several Diamond Jubilee Awards established by CNA to honor individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to nursing in the areas of practice, education, administration, political action and service.

This prestigious honor is named after one of the most distinguished leaders in Connecticut nursing history and represents the highest honor that the nursing profession in Connecticut can bestow on one of its own.

The award will be presented to Dr. Redeker on October 27.

Ms. Henderson, a former member of the YSN faculty, conceptualized 14 basic needs of all people – one of which is sleep and rest. Dr. Redeker has focused her important program of research on sleep in people with cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions.

Specifically, Dr. Redeker’s research has addressed sleep in patients undergoing cardiac surgery and those with heart failure. Her work has contributed to our understanding of how sleep disturbances affect recovery, physical functioning, emotional wellbeing, and quality of life. She has also explored issues related to poor sleep in busy, bright, and noisy critical care units. Dr. Redeker is currently conducting studies of the efficacy of behavioral treatment for insomnia in patients with heart failure and an effectiveness study of behavioral treatment for insomnia in community-based primary care setting. Her research is interdisciplinary, spans both the cardiovascular and sleep arenas, and addresses both physiological and psychosocial consequences of poor sleep. Dr. Redeker’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the American Heart Association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and the American Nurses Foundation.

In addition, she has disseminated her work in over 100 data-based articles, clinical articles, book chapters, and presentations at scientific meetings. Her book on Sleep Disorders and Sleep Promotion in Nursing Practice, the only comprehensive book on sleep for nurses, was published this year. Dr. Redeker has presented on sleep at prestigious national and international scientific meetings, and the quality and significance of her work has been recognized by the New Jersey Governor’s Merit Award for Nursing Research and the Nursing Research Award from the Heart Failure Society of America.

Recently, she has been asked to Keynote the Chia Fellowship meeting in Changsha, China. In addition, she is currently the President of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, where her goal has been to engage more people in nursing research and evidence-based practice. She has also provided significant service to the NIH in the form of study section and review group membership, and was a permanent member of the Nursing Science – Adult Health study section and is frequently selected to serve as an ad hoc reviewer as well.