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Dr. Barbara J. Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and sponsored programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, has been selected by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing for induction to the Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to nursing science.

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to recognize nurse researchers who have achieved significant recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. Bowers is one of 20 individuals from around the world to be inducted into the Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this year. Those selected will be formally inducted at the Sigma International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia, this July.

Bowers is known internationally for her contributions to the science and practice of nursing in the care of older adults, especially those in long-term care or residential settings. Her research career spans three decades, making Bowers renowned for her influence on gerontological science, healthcare policy, and research methodology. Bowers also founded and now directs the Center for Aging Research and Education which is housed in the School of Nursing and helps put aging research into action in communities throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

Nursing School Dean Dr. Linda D. Scott tells News.Wisc.edu, “Dr. Bowers has made a significant impact on the science of nursing, the study of gerontology, and the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Her vast body of work reflects her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of older adults and their caregivers, and she has inspired countless others to focus their careers not only on addressing the needs of the aging but also on changing the way society perceives older adults and the people who support them.”

To learn more about Bowers and her influential career in nursing research, visit here.

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