Funding Extended For Luce Professor In
Nursing Ethics

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Henry Luce Foundation Inc. has awarded the School of Nursing a $300,000 grant extending its Luce Professorship in Nursing Ethics for three more years.

SON Dean Barbara H. Munro said the grant, by providing continued support for the professorship, will enable the school to further its efforts in ethics curriculum, scholarship and outreach. The Luce Professorship, held by Sara T. Fry, was established in 1993 through a five-year, $525,000 Luce grant.

"We have been able to strengthen the considerable resources in ethics we have now," said Munro. "This grant means that, over an eight-year period, we will lay a foundation for a clinical nursing ethics program that will be an asset to the profession as it enters the 21st century. It will ensure the legacy of the Luce Professorship is a long-lasting one."

Munro said the recent grant also is an affirmation of Fry's work in helping SON build interdisciplinary partnerships within and outside of BC, and enriching the school's teaching and service mission. She cited Fry's direction of, and participation in, numerous clinical nursing ethics research projects which culminated in national and international scholarship and professional presentations.

Among Fry's most successful projects, Munro added, is the Nursing Ethics Network, a collaboration of 20 nurse leaders in New England which provides research findings and clinical ethics education for practicing nurses. Another is the Survey of Ethics and Human Rights Issues in Nursing Practice, which involves a network of professionals in the US, Japan, Australia and Canada, and will contribute enormously to "our knowledge and understanding of ethical issues and the ethics education needed by nurses," Munro said.

With the grant, Fry - whom Munro said will remain on the faculty when the Luce Professorship funding ends - will have the opportunity to continue pursuing her considerable activities, such as supervising doctoral students undertaking clinical nursing ethics research, maintaining administrative support for the Nursing Ethics Network, and working with local hospitals and patient care agencies on ethics issues.

Munro noted that SON had been the sole recipient of Luce Professorship funding in 1993, which also marked the first time the foundation had selected a nursing school. The professorships, begun in 1969, are provided to encourage academic innovation through an integrative approach to the humanities, social sciences and related disciplines.

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