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University of Pennsylvania Professor Emerita to Speak at UW Nursing Scholarship Day

March 7, 2018
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Kathleen McCauley, professor emerita of cardiovascular nursing at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, will be the Whitney Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Wyoming Nursing Scholarship Day, Wednesday, April 25. (Kathleen McCauley Photo)

Kathleen McCauley, professor emerita of cardiovascular nursing at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, will be the Whitney Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Wyoming Nursing Scholarship Day Wednesday, April 25, at 8:30 a.m.

The event, free and open to the public, will be in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

McCauley will discuss the Transitional Care Model (TCM), a cost-effective, advanced practice, nurse-led model to improve the transitions of older adults who are navigating complex and, often, fragmented systems of care. The TCM is a recognized model of care to help older adults deal with the complicated health care systems of today.

“Continually improving outcomes in nursing education and clinical care is crucial,” McCauley says. “This has been the focus of my career.”

In addition to her professor emerita title, she is a clinical specialist in cardiovascular nursing. McCauley developed programs to improve patient outcomes at the University of Pennsylvania’s hospital. She retired in July 2016 but continues her research with TCM.

As the former associate dean for academic programs, she oversaw all of the academic programs, admissions, financial aid and accreditation/regulatory processes at the School of Nursing, and worked collaboratively with faculty and administrative colleagues to develop and implement strong academic programs.

She is a past president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). While she was AACN president, the association launched the Healthy Work Environment Standards. McCauley has sustained her interest in helping contribute to positive work environments. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow in the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing of the American Heart Association.

McCauley received her degree in nursing from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Reading, Pa. She received her BSN, MSN and Ph.D., as well as a postmaster’s certificate as an acute care nurse practitioner, all from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.

After McCauley’s talk, Nursing Scholarship Day continues with 14 UW Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students presenting quality improvement projects. Students completed these varied projects with clinical agencies around Wyoming and Colorado. Since clinical agencies are crucial in educating UW students, the DNP Program has created a way to give back and assist those same agencies.

For more information, call the UW Graduate Nursing office at (307) 766-6565.


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