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Posted: 10/2/2008

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing professor Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, has been awarded The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) President's Award for 2008. 

The award, which offers an unrestricted grant of $5,000 to support the work of nurse researchers, recognizes Gross' commitment to making a significant impact on science and mental health practice and to providing substantial mentorship to students and junior colleagues across disciplines.
Gross, who has devoted 25 years to improving the mental health of children living in urban poverty,  said the grant will be used "to further my work related to improving children's mental health." 

As the newly appointed Leonard and Helen Stulman Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing at Hopkins, Gross also will continue her mentorship work as the  mentor for the new Morton K. and Jane Blaustein post-doctoral fellow. "I am looking forward to working with a bright new researcher interested in the treatment or prevention of mental illness symptoms," she said.

The NINR Leadership award was presented at the annual FNINR NightinGala on Wednesday, October 1, an annual  celebration of all recipients of FNINR awards. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter was the keynote speaker..

The mission of the FNINR is to support research-based practice by educating health care professionals, Congress, and other and elected officials, and the public about advances made through nursing research and the delivery of quality health care.