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Duke University School of Nursing Selects University Scholar

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has selected Emily Wade Lowery as its University Scholar for academic year 2011-2012. Lowery, who works at Duke University Hospital on the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, will begin pursuing a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree in the adult oncology nurse practitioner specialty at DUSON this fall.

Lowery’s personal statement left an impression on the selection committee at DUSON. "She clearly and passionately documented the impact nursing can have on persons at the end of life," said committee member Michael Relf, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, FAAN, "and she understands that illness is not just a physiological disease process but a psychosocial, spiritual, familial, and life process as well."

As a University Scholar, Lowery will receive full tuition and the opportunity to participate in professional seminars and other gatherings where scholars share ideas and network across the academic disciplines. The University Scholars Program was designed to stimulate an interdisciplinary, intergenerational community of scholars. It was created in 1998 by the Office of the Vice-Provost of Interdisciplinary Studies with a gift from Duke University Trustee Emerita Melinda French Gates and her husband Bill Gates through the William H. Gates Foundation.

Lowery earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree in May 2002 from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She spent four years working at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Within one year of employment at Duke, she was acknowledged as an exemplary employee by staff and patients, receiving a "High Five" that was posted January 31, 2011, on Inside Duke Medicine online.

Through her MSN studies, Lowery plans to build on her passion for patient education by exploring how improvements or modifications in oncology-patient teaching may potentially enhance adherence to discharge instructions or chemotherapy regimens. A member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Lowery is an Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy and Biotherapy provider and a certified oncology nurse.

About DUSON
Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top 7 graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 700 individuals enrolled for Spring 2011 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.