On April 23, Carrie Merkle, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, was inducted as a Fellow into the Western Academy of Nurses.
Established in 1989 by the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), a collaborative of collegiate nursing schools and health-care agencies in 13 Western states, induction into the Western Academy of Nurses is used to recognize and honor nurses who have achieved superior accomplishments in the realm of direct care nursing practice, education or research.
“Dr. Merkle has dedicated her academic career to advancing nursing knowledge that can be translated into clinical practice and patient care,” said nominator Janice D. Crist, PhD, RN, FNGNA, FAAN, associate professor at the UA College of Nursing. “She is recognized within regional, national and international realms for her expertise in the biological dimensions of nursing science.”
Dr. Merkle’s program of research has spanned investigations into biological models to study altered health, including endothelial cell biology; breast cancer and aging; inflammation and shared risk factors for breast cancer and cardiovascular disease; and stress and wound healing.
The recipient of numerous honors over her career, Dr. Merkle has been recognized with the Suzanne Van Ort Excellence in Teaching Award from the UA College of Nursing (2009), Best Paper in Genomics and Health in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship from Sigma Theta Tau International (2007), fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing (2003), the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Beta Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (1999), and the August Krogh Young Investigator Award from the Microcirculatory Society (1994).
As an educator, Dr. Merkle champions the success of both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Since joining the UA College of Nursing in 1994, she has mentored at least 23 pre- and post-doctoral students who have presented a total of 34 presentations at WIN, many of which were subsequently published as peer-reviewed articles. She currently teaches in both the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online programs.
“Dr. Merkle is a leader in using state-of-the-art methods and technology for online education,” said nominator Ki Moore, DNSc, RN, FAAN, professor and division director at the UA College of Nursing. “Her graduate courses on Emerging Diseases and Endothelial Cell Injury are exemplary of the best in online education and consistently judged by students as exceptional.”
Additionally, Dr. Merkle established microscopy and biochemistry multi-user labs for UA College of Nursing faculty and graduate students to study phenomena related to injury mechanisms and related responses, and was one of only 20 selected nationwide to participate in a National Cancer Institute initiative to increase genetics content in undergraduate curriculum.
Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu.