Kirsten Corazzini, PhD, FGSA, associate professor of nursing and senior fellow at Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, received a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship Award to research how registered nurses in two European Union (EU) countries – Sweden and the United Kingdom – accomplish person-centered care in regards to frail older adults in residential long-term care with assistive caregivers. As one of the Fulbright Commission Awards, this fellowship is among the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating worldwide.
“This project represents the next logical step in advancing my program of research,” Corazzini said. “By purposefully situating myself in each of two EU countries that share common policy goals for long-term care, I allow my thinking to be expanded and reshaped to understand the wide range of configurations to support registered nurse engagement on the frontlines of care, from policy and practice perspectives.
Corazzini joins a cohort of individuals from around the globe who are receiving a Fulbright Award funded jointly by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. This award is a unique mechanism that funds graduate and post-graduate study, research and lecture proposals in the field of U.S.-EU relations, EU policy or EU institutions for interested American and EU citizens.
“It’s very rewarding seeing a group of talented, inspirational and very deserving individuals embark on a life-changing trip to the United Kingdom (UK),” said Director of the Fulbright Awards Program Amy Moore. “This year’s cohort is no exception and has been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence and a genuine desire to delve into UK culture and collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”
Corazzini’s areas of expertise include gerontology and nursing management in long-term care, especially delegation and the role of professional nursing in nursing homes.
As part of her project, she must spend time in more than one EU country. She will have the opportunity to report her findings on relevant EU policy to the United States Mission to the European Union, as well as participate in the Belgian Fulbright Commission’s Annual European Union-North Atlantic Treaty Organization Seminar.
Beginning next month, Corazzini will begin splitting her time between Sweden and the U.K. as she begins her work on this project. “This project will allow me to expand my worldview of how to provide compassionate, dignified care for older adults, challenge my assumptions and identify new potentials for the role and profession of nursing,” she said.