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Sally S. Cohen selected as Distinguished Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar-in-Residence

Nurse and expert on children’s health to influence America’s health policy at leading national health organization.

WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2014)—Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been chosen as the 2014–2015 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.

Formed by a congressional charter, the Institute of Medicine provides analysis and advice on medicine and health with the goal of improving the nation’s health system. The IOM Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program, initiated in 1992, provides a yearlong leadership opportunity to participate in shaping health policy.

As a scholar-in-residence, Cohen will work on child health policy, an area in which she has made significant contributions as evidenced through the publication of her research in peer-reviewed journals, as well as her book, Championing Child Care, where she analyzed three decades of national childcare policies and politics.

Cohen holds an endowed chair of nursing and is director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the New Mexico State Nurses Association, and due to her notable contributions, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1988.

“It is an honor to be selected as this year’s scholar,” says Cohen, “I accept the responsibility that accompanies this honor to advance nursing and health policy leadership, especially as it concerns children's issues and bullying prevention.”

During her tenure as scholar, Cohen will focus on childhood bullying, which has been known to cause lifelong health problems for both the victim and the aggressor. As a parent, Cohen has witnessed the long-term effects bullying has had on her child and family, and, as a pediatric nurse practitioner with decades studying children's policies, she has “seen the serious gaps in policies to address this increasingly life-threatening issue for children.”

“We are late in focusing on bullying prevention as a nation,” says Cohen, “as evidenced by the tragic deaths and traumatic experiences, including cyber bullying, that too many of our youth have experienced already.”

Cohen appreciates that bullying has finally received national attention. While many federal, state, and local governments, along with countless private groups, are proposing or implementing prevention programs, it isn’t clear which are most effective and why. Cohen seeks to untangle this web of overlapping activities to see what is working best, what isn’t working, what gaps there may be, and how the policy stakeholders interact to effect policy change.

“We have a growing body of evidence available to determine data gaps, best practices, and how to develop national policies that are relevant to states, communities, school districts, and most of all, to children, themselves. As with so many issues, prevention is very important.”

The Distinguished IOM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program is proudly supported by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation. Gifts to the Academy’s Rheba de Tornyay development fund and the ANF Annual Fund support the Scholar-in-Residence program.

In collaboration with other health and nurse experts, Cohen will use her time at the IOM to draft innovative policy approaches and best practices for bullying prevention. She hopes that her work will continue to inform and engage the health community and the public on this very important and timely issue. 

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About American Nurses Association (ANA)
ANA (www.nursingworld.org) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

About the American Nurses Foundation
The American Nurses Foundation (www.givetonursing.org) is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, with the mission to transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.  The Foundation supports research, education, and scholarships, which improve health, wellness, and patient care. 

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