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BC Nursing Prof. Lichuan Ye Named Haley Nurse Scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (November 4, 2010) – Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor of Adult Health Lichuan Ye has been named a Haley Nurse Scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

The Haley Nurse Scientist plays a key role in enhancing the critical academic-practice partnership by helping nursing science move more efficiently between the academic and clinical worlds.

Haley Nurse Scientist Lichuan Ye of the Boston College Connell School of Nursing (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Ye, who studies sleep disorders in women, will work directly with BWH nurses on research and clinical practice related to her specialty. One area that might be explored, said Ye, is patient sleep quality.

Ye's research is on obstructive sleep apnea in women. This is a disease, she said, that is very "under diagnosed, especially in women. We need to get away from the idea that obstructive sleep apnea is a ‘male disease.’" Ye is exploring how gender differences in patients may affect the diagnosis of sleep apnea by clinicians and how women respond to the continuous positive airway pressure treatment compared to men.

"Dr. Lichuan Ye epitomizes the kind of nurse researcher who is best suited to be a Haley Nurse Scientist. Haley Nurse Scientists are engaged in significant clinical research that is immediately transferable to nursing practice and which has the ability to quickly improve patient care," said Connell School Dean Susan Gennaro.

"I’m very honored to have been chosen to be a Haley Nurse Scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital," said Ye, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sichuan University West China Medical School and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. "This position is a wonderful bridge between academia and a clinical setting. Our goal is to help the patient. Being in touch with the nurses inspires the questions I ask in my research."

The Haley Nurse Scientist Program is funded by a gift from Steven and Kathleen Powers Haley, founders of the Brain Science Foundation. Kathleen Powers Haley is an alumna of Boston College and her husband, Steven, received successful treatment and care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Ye is the second Haley Nurse Scientist, following BC Connell School Assistant Professor Katherine Gregory who was named the inaugural Haley Nurse Scientist in 2009. Gregory has worked with BWH nurses Cynthia Loring and Jean Reilly on a study on temperature control in late, pre-term infants. The three nurses presented their research findings at the first Haley Nurse Science Forum held last week at BWH.

--Kathleen Sullivan, Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs,