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Two Duke University School of Nursing Faculty Inducted into Hall of Fame

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ruth Anderson, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN, Virginia Stone Professor of Nursing and co-director of the ADAPT Center, and Diane Holditch-Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN, Marcus E. Hobbs Distinguished Professor of Nursing and associate dean for Research Affairs, are two of 19 honorees who will be inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 2015 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place in late July during STTI’s 26th International Nurse Research Congress in Puerto Rico.

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. A statement released from STTI states the honorees’ research projects will be shared through the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, which will enable nurses everywhere to benefit from the honorees’ discoveries and insights.

Anderson’s scholarship is dedicated to improving management of nursing homes, an area of rapidly growing need. Her research has been interdisciplinary from its inception, and she has collaborated with scholars at Duke and across the country in schools of nursing, business, economics, engineering and medicine. She pioneered the application of complexity theory and management science in nursing in analysis of the institutional environment of the nursing home. Anderson earned a BSN from Stockton State College in New Jersey, an MS in gerontological nursing MA in social gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in nursing with a business minor from the University of Texas at Austin.

Holditch-Davis’ research uses observation of parent-child interactions and infant sleep to determine long-term health and developmental outcomes of infants, particularly those who are premature, adopted, seropositive for HIV, medically fragile and the children of low-income, depressed mothers. As part of her studies, Holditch-Davis has refined methods to study mother-infant behavioral interactions in the home and hospital environments. She earned a BSN magna cum laude from Duke University and both an MS in parent-child nursing and a PhD in developmental psychobiology from the University of Connecticut.

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