Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients

With the number of people living with Parkinson's increasing and the shortage of neurologists specializing in the disease, the Parkinson’s Foundation supports the training of more nurses through professional education and now supports their research through the Nurse Faculty Award.

The following Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholars have received nearly $10,000 in grant funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation to launch individual projects to help make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

The three Scholar awardees for 2019 include:

Char Miller, DNP

Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholar, University of Toledo 2018

Char’s project will develop a PD virtual reality simulation (PDVRs), an innovative teaching strategy to increase awareness, knowledge, and perceived competence of caring for people with Parkinson’s. This research will determine whether a PDVRs is an effective learning strategy to increase undergraduate nursing student knowledge about PD and perceived competence in caring for a patient with PD in the hospital setting. Char is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Graduate Division of the Ohio University School of Nursing within the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Ju Young Shin, PhD, APRN, ANP-C

Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholar, John’s Hopkins 2013

Ju Young’s pilot study is a 6-week patient-centered, nurse-led home visit and telehealth intervention aimed at improving medication management and adherence among individuals with early and moderate stage PD. Ju Young is an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware School of Nursing.

Lori Cooke, DNP, MEd, RN-BC

Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholar, University of Toledo 2018

Lori’s project will enhance Parkinson’s education for undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students through virtual reality (VR) simulation. Through the use of VR, students will be able to apply theoretical concepts to patient scenarios as a way to develop clinical decision-making skills and improve patient outcomes in a safe environment. In this project, students will care for a patient who is exhibiting complications due to lack of medication schedule adherence and actively assess, plan and implement interventions to improve patient function and prevent further complications. Lori Cooke is a Clinical Instructor of Nursing at Malone University.

The four Scholar recipients for the 2018 Nurse Faculty Grant included:

Margaret McCormick, RN, MS, CNE
Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholar, John’s Hopkins 2010

Stephanie De Santiago, MS, RN, CNRN
Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholar, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center 2017

Donna G. Hood, PhD, RN, CNE
Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholar, University of Alabama 2018

Diane M. Ellis MSN, RN, CCRN
Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholar, University of Pennsylvania 2009


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