Krozy Awarded Fulbright

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Assoc. Prof. Ronna Krozy (SON) will travel under a Fulbright grant next fall to Catholic University of Santiago in Ecuador, where she will assist in strengthening the university's nursing school.

Krozy, who has led SON students in an intensive nursing intervention program in Ecuador over the past four years, has already developed links to the university's faculty and administrators.

"Ronna exemplifies Boston College's Jesuit mission," said SON Dean Barbara H. Munro. "The Fulbright will enable her to spend some serious time in Ecuador to make the connections and open doors so she can do even more in the future."

At Catholic University, Krozy will teach and consult in her specialty area of community health nursing. In addition, she will assist in reorganizing the nursing laboratory, help design a master's degree program, and create a continuing education program for nurses focusing on control of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, which she said are spreading at a rapid rate in Latin America.

Assoc. Prof. Ronna Krozy (SON)

Also, Krozy plans to evaluate the reliability and validity of her bilingual health assessment tools, which are used by SON students and shared with their Ecuadorian counterparts during the annual Por Cristo-Boston College School of Nursing Health Project.

Krozy helped coordinate the project in 1992 as a volunteer health education mission, and it is now a for-credit undergraduate clinical program in community health nursing. She and the SON students work over Christmas break in Isla Trinitaria, an impoverished coastal village of Guayaquil.

As a result of her efforts in bringing nursing care and health education to the village, Krozy was named "Volunteer of the Year" in 1995 by Por Cristo, a Quincy-based medical missionary organization.

Krozy said she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge, and "in return, I hope to learn a great deal more about the people, the culture and the nursing system."

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