Nursing Professor Receives AACN Dissertation Award

NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - A Georgetown faculty member in the Department of Nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies recently received the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, CCRN, instructor of nursing, received the award for her dissertation Factors Influencing Pediatric Sedation Safety.

“We are so proud of Nancy,” says Jeanne Matthews, PhD, RN, the department’s chair.  “This prestigious award recognizes her growing potential as a researcher in the area of quality and safety in patient care.”

Competitive Process

According to AACN, the competitive award recognizes an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program.

“A dissertation is an original research project that focuses on advancing nursing science and developing new evidence with the potential to guide nursing practice,” the association’s Web site says.

A selection committee reviews all nominations and selects award finalists, who must then be approved by the association’s board of directors.

Patient Safety

Crego completed her doctorate in 2013 at the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

She will receive the award from the organization’s president at the AACN Doctoral Education Conference in January.  There, she will present an abstract of her work and receive $1,000 as part of the award.

Crego expressed gratitude to her colleagues and mentors at Georgetown and UVA for their support and counsel during her doctoral studies.

“I am honored to be recognized by the AACN and to have the opportunity to share the findings of my research at the Doctoral Education Conference,” she says.  “I look forward to continuing to use large data sets to advance nursing science in the area of patient safety.”

By Bill Cessato