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Janet H. Davis, PhD, RN, CNE, MBA, an associate professor of Nursing at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) has been awarded a U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholar award for the 2024-25 academic year. She will work at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka to enhance nursing leadership and teaching.

During her time in Sri Lanka, Dr. Davis will focus on using evidence-based practices to improve nursing leadership and practice in academic and applied settings. She will also collaborate with the Sri Lanka Nurses Association to provide continuing education for nurses in the country.

This achievement has resulted in Dr. Davis being recognized as the Nurse of the Week by Daily Nurse for her work in evidence-based nursing and leadership education in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Davis expressed her gratitude for the opportunity, highlighting the valuable training and experience she has received and her excitement to share her knowledge abroad.

“I am honored to be selected for this opportunity to engage in impactful scholarship and collaboration abroad,” says Dr. Davis. “The training I have received in the College of Nursing in evidence-based methodology and the experience of teaching our students have truly been gifts. I look forward to this opportunity to share our PNW accomplishments abroad.”

Her scholarly background focuses on evidence-based practice for minority registered nurse (RN) workforce development, health disparities, community health nursing, and community-engaged education.

The Dean of the PNW College of Nursing, Amy Fry, commended Dr. Davis for her achievement and expressed confidence in the positive impact of her work abroad.

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“We are so proud of Dr. Davis receiving the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Faculty Scholar honor, as it is a recognition of the high-quality teaching and scholarship occurring at PNW’s College of Nursing,” says Fry. “She will be a great resource for the University of Colombo, bringing knowledge in evidence-based-practice nursing and leadership education. We look forward to seeing the positive impacts through this international exchange.”

The Fulbright program, administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), is among the most prestigious exchange programs supporting international research and partnerships between higher education institutions worldwide. Fulbright scholars build connections and collaboratively address challenges, sharing expertise to benefit their host institutions and their own upon their return.

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