Nursing Names First Annette Poulson Cumming Endowed Chair in Women's Health

Nursing Names First Annette Poulson Cumming Endowed Chair in Women's Health

Sep 19, 2004 6:00 PM

The University of Utah College of Nursing has selected Patricia A. Murphy, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, as the first recipient of the Annette Poulson Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair in Women's and Reproductive Health.

Murphy is a nurse-midwife and nurse practitioner whose interests focus on evidence-based approaches to women's health, including contraception. She has also conducted research on complementary and alternative medicine in women's health.

Prior to joining the nursing faculty in April, Murphy served as an assistant professor at Columbia University's School of Nursing and as associate research scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the university's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The $1.25 million endowment supports a distinguished nurse scholar and practitioner whose leadership and commitment to the area of women's health and reproductive issues will strengthen the mission of the College of Nursing.

"We recognize the importance of this endowment in honor of Annette Poulson Cumming in attracting a scholar with Dr. Murphy's expertise and background in women's reproductive health issues," said Maureen R. Keefe, R.N., Ph.D., professor and dean of the College of Nursing.

Murphy, originally from Canada, holds a Master of Science in Nursing from New York Medical College/Pace University, Master of Science in Maternity Nursing/Nurse-Midwifery from Columbia University School of Nursing, and a Doctorate of Public Health from Columbia University School of Public Health.

"The chair allows me to focus in an area to which I have long been committed - women's health - with a special focus on reproductive health," said Murphy. "I'm very grateful and appreciative of Mrs. Cumming's dedication and work in this area."

Murphy's responsibilities include developing and sustaining a multidisciplinary program of research, clinical care, teaching, and mentoring students, and serving as a public policy advocate for improving health care and reproductive choices for women. She will also oversee outreach, health policy, and service activities designed to facilitate the dissemination of information pertaining to women's reproductive health and bringing increased visibility to women's health issues.

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