Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, received the first annual Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award at the fall 1998 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) meeting.
The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University, Division of Nursing, and the GSA Clinical Medical Section joined in creating the Award to honor an outstanding gerontological nurse researcher with a research program that leads to improved nursing practice for older adults. Schwartz, 85, is a pioneer in gerontological nursing research.
Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN (left) presenting the Award to Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN, FAAN
At the event, Beck spoke of the "personal, social, and creative courage" that nurses need to be significant gerontological researchers and that Schwartz is a model for nurse researchers because she embodies these qualities.
"Dr. Beck's research in the field of cognitive disability and rehabilitation is an important contribution to insuring quality of life for older adults," said Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, director of the Hartford Institute. She said, "We are delighted to work with GSA in showcasing the significance of nursing research to the field of gerontology."