Professor at UMass Amherst Recognized for Efforts to Educate Nurses About Violence Against Women

AMHERST, Mass. - Christine King, director of the University of Massachusetts-Simmons School Health Institute, and an associate professor in the University''s School of Nursing, has received an Award for Excellence in Education from the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International. The award was presented to King at the organization''s 10th international nursing conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this month.

King was recognized for her active involvement in educating nurses, students, and health care providers about violence against women. She is the author of several publications on the subject, including a handbook on how to train emergency room nurses to reach out to battered women, and a recent article on educational strategies that change nursing practice.

The award citation also acknowledges that as director of the UMass-Simmons institute, King has "redefined how school nurses think about violence that affects teens and children. Her workshops are always full and participants come away enlightened and empowered." In addition, "she has garnered more than $2 million in grants from a variety of sources that have fostered the learning of service providers about violence … She continues to have vision that influences us all."

King co-founded the Network on Violence Against Women International in 1985. The organization was established to encourage the development of nursing practice that focuses on health issues related to the effects of violence in women''s lives. It sponsors national nursing conferences, publishes a membership directory and quarterly newspaper, and its members attend professional meetings and conferences to maintain an active nursing presence in efforts to end violence in women''s lives.

In a related note, the UMass-Simmons School Health Institute will sponsor its Summer Institute 2000 at Simmons College in Boston July 10-12. The three-day summer conference offers professional development opportunities for school nurses and other health providers working in the area of children''s health.

Josephine Ryan, of the UMass School of Nursing, along with Patricia Rissmiller, of Simmons, are directors of the UMass-Simmons School Health Institute, which is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.