|Tracy Evanson receives American Nurses Foundation funding|
Tracy Evanson (College of Nursing)has been designated the “2006 Virginia Kelly Award Scholar” for her outstanding research on domestic violence. The award mechanism was established by former President Bill Clinton in honor of his late mother, Virginia Kelly.
Dr. Evanson received the one-year “Virginia Kelly Award” for her current research on domestic violence. She is trying to recruit 8 to 10 participants and expects to complete the study in the summer or fall of 2007. The study will focus on women who are in abusive relationships and have public nurse visits, and finding out what kind of relationship exists between two groups. Recommendations will then be made to help nurses work with women in abusive relationships.
“This is a wonderful honor and also a very competitive award to receive,” shares Dr. Glenda Lindseth, associate dean of research at the College of Nursing. “We extend hearty congratulations to Tracy for her efforts.”
Dr. Evanson’s clinical background is in public health nursing, and she is a clinical nurse specialist in community health nursing. She has worked with multiple vulnerable populations, including children with special health care needs, the homeless, immigrants and refugees, substance abusing pregnant and parenting women, battered women, prisoners, and youth at risk for gang involvement.
She is a qualitative researcher with expertise in descriptive phenomenology. The focus of Dr. Evanson's research is in the area of domestic violence, specifically looking at the role of public health nurses in prevention and intervention. In addition, she is also studying the impact of international experiences on baccalaureate nursing students.
Evanson is an assistant professor at the College of Nursing, Department of Family and Community Nursing. She received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in community health nursing with a concentration in vulnerable populations from Seattle University, and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, College of Nursing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4526