Marliese Nist poses with award
January 31, 2020

College of Nursing researcher Marliese Nist wins national honor

AACN award recognizes outstanding dissertation on work with preterm infants

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) awarded Marliese Nist, MS, RNC, with its 2019-2020 Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award. The award recognizes an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program.

Nist, who is a post-doctoral researcher at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, received the award and a $1,000 prize at AACN’s 2020 Doctoral Education Conference, Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Engineering Pathways for the Future, in Naples, Florida in January. She also presented her abstract of her dissertation, Inflammatory Mediators of Stress Exposure and Neurodevelopment in Very Preterm Infants.

“This award motivates me to continue pursuing this important work,” Nist said. “Preterm infants are among the most vulnerable people in our population, and understanding both the barriers and enablers of their development is critical to their health and well-being.”

Nist credits her success to the outstanding mentorship she has received from Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN; Tondi Harrison, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Deborah Steward, PhD, RN, of The Ohio State University College of Nursing and Abigail Shoben, PhD, of The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Division of Biostatistics.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for academic nursing. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education, assists schools in implementing those standards, influences the nursing profession to improve health care and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research and practice.

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