Her years as an exemplary teacher and leader in the dissemination of curriculum models for palliative care and care of the elderly have earned Dr. Jean Lange, professor in the School of Nursing, recognition as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, considered one of the highest honors in the nursing profession. The criteria for consideration as a fellow includes making a significant contribution to the nursing profession on a national or international level that goes beyond one’s job.
“Dr. Lange has made seminal contributions as one of the few nursing faculty nationally who bridge the science of geriatrics and palliative care nursing,” said Mathy Mazey, professor emerita at New York University and senior research associate at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.
Dr. Lange was the primary investigator of a 2002 Hartford Foundation grant, which helped redesign the curriculum with a focus on older adults. She worked with colleagues to create one of the first programs in the country to fully integrate end of life consortium modules into graduate and undergraduate programs. She helped refine a knowledge assessment tool now used by educators in hospitals, hospice centers, home care agencies, and universities nationwide, one of her many initiatives that have had a national impact.
“So often we think we are doing good work, yet we tend to undervalue our own contributions,” Dr. Lange said. The award “acknowledges the work you’ve done over a career and is presented by your most esteemed colleagues, so in a way it’s very humbling, yet very rewarding.”