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CSON's Burgess Is 'Living Legend'

02/28/13
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Connell School of Nursing Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

By Kathleen Sullivan | Chronicle Staff

Published: Feb. 28, 2013

Connell School of Nursing Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess, a trailblazer in the study of the impact of trauma and abuse on victims, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Living Legend Award from the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (NEAPNA).

The award recognizes an individual from the region who has significantly influenced the science and practice of nursing, honoring those whose professional accomplishments have enabled them to be examples of excellence within the profession, and whose work has significantly benefited others, both consumers and practitioners in psychiatric care.

Burgess will receive the award on March 8 at the NEAPNA spring conference, where she will deliver a lecture on “Reflections: Pioneering the Assessment and Treatment of Victims of Trauma and Abuse.”

The NEAPNA Living Legend Award is the latest in a long list of honors for Burgess, whose groundbreaking work is internationally recognized. In 2009, the International Association of Forensic Nurses established the Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Award to honor an individual who has made exceptional research contributions to the field of forensic nursing, through clinical program development, scientific achievement, legislative changes, or educational activities.