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2013 HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award Announced

PITTSBURGH, PA, MARCH 28, 2013—The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) has announced Susan C. McMillan, PhD ARNP FAAN, as the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Researcher Award. The HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated longevity and consistency in hospice and palliative nursing research presentations and publications in a variety of peer reviewed journals. This prestigious award was presented on March 16th at the 2013 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) / HPNA Annual Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. McMillan is Distinguished University Health Professor at the University of South Florida (USF), College of Nursing and the Center for Hospice Palliative Care and End of Life Studies. She founded the Center for Hospice Palliative Care and End of Life Studies at USF as a research interest group in 1996. The Center’s monthly meetings offer research support for doctoral students and faculty.

Dr. McMillan is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has also received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award given by Southern Nursing Research Society and the Award for Consistency and Excellence of Contributions to the Oncology Nursing Literature by the Oncology Nursing Society. Dr. McMillan has published a multitude of papers in refereed journals, focusing on symptom management and quality of life issues for patients and caregivers. As a member of the HPNA Research Committee, she contributed to development of the first HPNA Research Agenda 2009-2012.

“Dr. McMillan’s dedication to quality research has influenced palliative care and countless families across the country,” said Sally Welsh, MSN RN NEA-BC, Chief Executive Officer of HPNA. “Her exceptional work makes it a privilege to announce her as HPNA’s 2013 Distinguished Researcher Award winner.”

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