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Nursing professor recognized for community-based learning

April 25, 2013

Roseanne Fairchild, assistant professor of nursing at Indiana State University, received the Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award during the university's Faculty Recognition Banquet Thursday (April 25). The award recognizes outstanding faculty who have made serving the community an integral part of their academic goals and activities.

"I am truly honored to receive this year's Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award," Fairchild said. "I greatly enjoy mentoring and working with my students in service learning endeavors where they engage in professional practice. I admire and appreciate the community stakeholders and organizations who help to provide these unique, ‘real-world' learning opportunities for our students."

Fairchild has 17 years' experience as a higher education faculty member in the areas of nursing administration, nursing education, health informatics, medical-surgical and critical care nursing, pharmacology, and anatomy and physiology. In the clinical practice arena, she has 10 years' experience in emergency and critical care nursing, traumatic brain injury, cardio-pulmonary nursing, and hospice/palliative care.

As nurse faculty, she consistently involves her students in experientially-based service learning opportunities in an effort to benefit regional rural and urban communities.

In addition to teaching, Fairchild serves as a principal investigator for research projects supporting innovative improvements in rural health care quality, patient safety, and information technology from an inter-professional perspective. She is working with Indiana State nursing colleagues Shiaw-Fen Ferng and Randi Zwerner on a funded project that focuses on sustainability of best practices in care delivery in rural critical access hospitals.

Fairchild is also involved in theory development in the areas of work motivation, ethical reasoning skills, and healthcare system complexity and has numerous peer-reviewed presentations and publications in these areas. She serves on the Indiana Rural Health Association's board of directors and is active in the association's educational and research committees. She recently worked with colleagues in the department of advanced practice nursing and across several colleges to sponsor the first "Rural Nurses Leading for Quality Conference" with leadership and inter-professional tracks. The conference for rural health care executives took place in October at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education.


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