Nursing Dean Named to Prestigious Council

LOS ANGELES, CA – (April 5, 2011) — Courtney H. Lyder, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, has been appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the prestigious National Advisory Council for Nursing Research.

The National Advisory Council is the principal advisory board for the National Institute of Nursing Research. The council conducts a second level of review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups and provides recommendations on the direction and support of the nursing, biomedical, social and behavioral research that forms the evidence base of nursing practice.

“Critically important clinical research being done by nurses across the country is helping to transform the nursing vocation in ways that will make immeasurable impact on the nation’s health,” said Lyder. “The council’s work is vitally important in seeking out projects that will one day lead to disease prevention and the better management of symptoms caused by illness.”

 Lyder, 44, is a respected researcher in patient safety and geriatric nursing, and a leading advocate for healthcare diversity. He was on faculty at the Yale University and University of Virginia’s Schools of Nursing and previously served as a senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he played a central role in shaping federal policies related to elder care. He was appointed professor and dean of the UCLA School of Nursing in 2008. He is also a professor of Medicine and Public Health as well as Executive Director, UCLA Health System Patient Safety Institute and Assistant Director, UCLA Health System.

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