Kathleen Abrahamson, an associate professor in the Purdue University School of Nursing, was recently awarded a Hulman Health Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Health Science Research. The award is intended to recognize those who conduct impactful, innovative research focusing on disease prevention, health promotion, and population health outcomes.

Dr. Abrahamson’s research focuses on social and organizational factors that impact health services delivery, addressing nursing home quality, patient safety, and nursing work environments. She is currently working with the Indiana Safer Medication Administration Regiments and Treatments (SMART) campaign to improve prescribing culture and practice in Indiana nursing homes. She hopes improving these practices will positively impact the lives and safety of vulnerable nursing home residents.

Jane Kirkpatrick, interim head of the Purdue School of Nursing, tells Purdue.edu, “Kathleen’s insightful and novel approach to understanding and addressing quality in long-term care continues to transform health-care delivery. Dr. Abrahamson’s impactful solutions to pervasive health-care delivery problems, her record of success in teaching and research, and the robust pace of her scholarship at Purdue clearly speak to her knowledge and ability.”

Abrahamson will be presented with her award from the Indiana Public Health Association at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis on October 19. To learn more about Dr. Abrahamson and her research on patient safety and safe working environments for nurses, visit here.

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