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William F. Connell School of Nursing

"Taking caring and excellence to another level every day"

Angela Amar, assistant professor of psych/mental health at the Connell School, was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association.

Angela Amar, assistant professor of psych/mental health at the Connell School, was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association. The award recognizes nurses making a difference in their communities.

Amar is the force behind the new forensic nursing program at Boston College, designed to meet the demand for trained nurses in emergency rooms to provide care to victims of crime. Her research is focused on understanding traumatic experiences, particularly violence, and mental health responses in adolescent and young adult females.

Connell School Dean Susan Gennaro comments, "Dr. Amar has taken her passion for improving the lives of vulnerable young women and has harnessed this to research, education, and practice initiatives. She is clearly a leader in education, research and nursing practice, and she motivates others and demonstrates her passion by taking caring and excellence to another level every day."

Amar also leads the "STARS" program at the Connell School, a project whose goal is to create an academic and supportive infrastructure to promote success in nursing students who are academically at risk, many of whom are racially/ethnically diverse, speak English as a second language, or are economically disadvantaged.

The New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA) is part of a national effort to unify, educate, and increase the number of African American nurses. The organization advocates for and provides optimum health services to African Americans and to other underserved communities.

Photo: Amar received the award at NERBNA's annual Excellence in Nursing Celebration on February 6th, 2009. Pictured from left to right are Dean Susan Gennaro, Angela Amar, and Associate Dean for Research Barbara Wolfe.