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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Doctoral candidate awarded prestigious grant

Connie Calvin, a Connell School Ph.D. student, has received the Doctoral Fellowship Grant from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Connie Calvin, a Connell School Ph.D. student, has received the Doctoral Fellowship Grant from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Currently a faculty member in the nurse anesthesia program at Northeastern University, she also practices as a staff certified registered nurse anesthetist for a cardiothoracic anesthesia group at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she mentors nurse anesthesia students from Northeastern University and the University of New England.

Calvin's research interests surround the phenomenon of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) in patients following cardiac surgery. Through her research she aims to determine if there is a difference in cognitive outcome in patients who receive a cognitive training intervention following cardiac surgery, compared to those who receive usual care. "The funding provided by the Foundation will support my current research and provide a foundation for future programs of research," Calvin states. "I will also be contributing to the body of knowledge for future nurse anesthesia students."