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Nursing professor receives two awards for excellence

Thursday, May 23, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An assistant professor who teaches in Hood College’s bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program was recently honored with two prestigious awards.

Kelly Wolfe, CRNP, DNP(c), is a recipient of the 2013 Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program Award, given by the University of Maryland School of Nursing where she is pursuing her doctoral degree and a teaching in nursing certificate.

The award is presented to students for their exceptional contributions to the field of aging. Wolfe was cited for her capstone research project, which focused on improving quality care for older adults by using behavioral interventions rather than medications to treat behavioral disturbances associated with dementia.

She also received the Maryland Gerontological Association student award, given to graduate students for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to care that support older adults at home, in the community or in institutional care. She will give a poster presentation of her capstone project during the MGA’s annual conference in June.

In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Wolfe, with more than 20 years of nursing experience with adults, seniors and adolescents, coordinates Hood nursing students’ clinical experiences and works with nurse preceptors to enhance that training. She also provides primary and urgent care for college students, faculty and staff in Hood’s health center.

The Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program is a state-funded program developed to better prepare Maryland’s health care professionals to care for frail, older individuals and to sponsor research projects that will produce improved interventions on behalf of this population.