Rheba de Tornyay, Dean Emeritus of the University of Washington School of Nursing, has dedicated her life to promoting research, training, and services for the healthy aging of adults while advancing the nursing profession. Working closely with the University of Washington, Rheba opened The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, which “serves as a catalyst for promoting healthy aging through its support of research and education in the field of gerontology” according to de Tornyay. Under de Tornyay's leadership, The University of Washington established a doctoral degree in nursing science in 1978. Dr. de Tornyay also brought to fruition a satellite nursing education program, the first sleep lab in a school of nursing in the country, and established Continuing Nursing Education as a separate division within the school.
Rheba de Tornyay has dedicated her life to promoting research, training, and services for the healthy aging of adults while advancing the nursing profession. The Academy can think of no better way to honor her and her legacy.
What Your Donations Support
While this yearly fund elevates and supports a variety of the Academy's initiatives - including the Nurse Scholar in Residence Program, Raise the Voice, and expert panel discussions - each dollar raised directly supports the Academy's mission of transforming health care policy and practice through nursing knowledge.
The Nurse Scholar in Residence Program provides a year-long leadership opportunity in health policy at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academie. It is designed as an immersion experience to facilitate leaders engaging in a prominent role in health policy development at the national level and their interaction with other health fellows and scholars.
Raise the Voice is the platform for the nursing community to advocate for new thinking in the health care debate. Through the Academy's stories of nurse Edge Runners, Raise the Voice tells a powerful story: how nurses are creating new, transformational options that help people stay healthy and cope better with illness.
Expert Panel discussions represent the working groups of the Academy where Fellows with expertise in certain areas can meet. They review current research and needs within their fields and make recommendations on projects and/or initiatives that the Academy should undertake to transform health care policy and practice.
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