2013 Honorable Mention for the Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award

10/08/13  Portland, Ore.

Dr. Mary Cato, Clinical Assistant Professor at the OHSU School of Nursing,  recently completed a dissertation that was one of two papers receiving an Honorable Mention from the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

Dr. Cato's research was done as part of her doctoral program in Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education.

As a means to honor the work of scholarly practitioners in professional practice programs, the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate seeks to recognize exemplary Dissertations in Practice. While the final product can use any research approach (historical, quantitative, qualitative, etc.) and any individual or group dissertation format, they are particularly interested in products that demonstrate a means to create change in practice and adhere to the CPED definition of Dissertation in Practice:

As the culminating experience that demonstrates the scholarly practitioner’s ability to solve problems of practice, the Dissertation in Practice exhibits the doctoral candidate’s ability “to think, to perform, and to act with integrity” (Shulman, 2005).

Dr. Cato’s dissertation titled Nursing Student Anxiety in Simulation Settings: A Mixed Methods Study, provides significant contribution to nursing education and simulation practices. Her national work with the NLN and this prestigious honorable mention for her dissertation contribute to the SON’s reputation for innovation and excellence as a leader in simulation. Thank you, Dr. Cato, for your continued commitment to the OHSU SON simulation program.

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