April 12, 2016
Dr. Patricia Crane, associate dean for research and creative activities in the East Carolina University College of Nursing, has received the 2016 Leadership in Research Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society. The award recognizes outstanding leadership, contribution, and promotion of nursing and health care research.
Crane, who also serves as ECU's Richard R. Eakin Distinguished Professor of Nursing, has more than 90 scholarly presentations and publications to her name. Her research interests focus on adult health care issues, including topics such as fatigue following heart attack, biological markers associated with recovery after a heart attack, and depression. She has earned funding from organizations such as the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to support her research.
A leader in the profession, Crane has a strong track record of mentorship in nursing research and is active in many professional organizations such as the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science. She served as president of the Southern Nursing Research Society from 2012-2014.
In addition to the SNRS accolade, Crane has received a number of other nursing awards, including the 2007 Nurse Researcher of the Year from the North Carolina Nurses Association and the 2006 Research Excellence Award from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She joined ECU in 2014, having previously served as professor of adult health nursing and chair of the UNC-G Department of Adult Health Nursing.
SNRS President Dr. Cindy Munro presented Crane with the Leadership in Research Award at the organization's annual conference, which marked the 30th anniversary of SNRS in Williamsburg, Va., Feb. 24-27. She is just the eighth recipient of the honor, which SNRS has awarded on an intermittent basis since 2006.
The Southern Nursing Research Society's mission is to disseminate research findings, facilitate career development among nurses and promote the image of nursing as a scientific discipline. It comprises 14 states, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Bahamas.