Nurses are far more than hard-working and compassionate caregivers, meeting the moment-to-moment needs of patients and their families. Their critical roles on the front lines of patient care put them in an optimal position to observe the effects of treatments and procedures, often leading to new research questions that can improve healthcare and advance science.
Three decades of innovative research has led the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science to honor nurse-scientist Barbara Medoff-Cooper, PhD, RN, FAAN, with its Outstanding Nursing Scientist Award.
The Council is the country's leading scientific organization for nurse-scientists. The award acknowledges Council members whose research studies have had significant impact on nursing and healthcare knowledge and practice.
Dr. Medoff-Cooper is a nationally and internationally known expert on developmental outcomes, feeding behaviors and infant temperament in high-risk infants. She has received six grant awards from the National Institutes of Health to support her research, including her latest study that uses state-of-the art telehealth technology for in-home monitoring of infants who underwent neonatal cardiac surgery.
"This ongoing study has the potential to change the paradigm of home monitoring care for extremely vulnerable populations," says Dr. Medoff-Cooper, who is also the co-inventor of Neonur, a feeding device allowing researchers and clinicians to objectively measure feeding behaviors in young infants.
Her work extends outside of patient care and includes participation in many NIH review groups and serving as the chair of a national task force to develop protocols for the care of preterm infants.
Dr. Medoff-Cooper holds the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at CHOP, the first endowed chair for nursing in a children's hospital. She also serves as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and previously served as the director for the Center for Nursing Research at Penn.