2015 Award Recipient Nancy E. Edwards, PhD, MSN, BSN, ANP-BC
Associate Professor, Director of Primary Care AGNP Program
Purdue University School of Nursing
Delta Omicron Chapter #109
Dr. Edwards, an Associate Professor at Purdue University, directs and teaches in the Adult Gerontology NP Program. She has practiced in the field of gerontology over 30 years. She has an active clinical practice in a Federally Qualified Health Clinic where she precepts NP students. She is instrumental in enhancing geriatric content within the Adult Gerontology NP program and implementing interprofessional education in the field of geriatrics. She has received federal grants to promote geriatric education and to obtain traineeships. Her research focuses on developing effective non-pharmacologic care protocols for older adults with neuroprogressive diseases. She implements interventions such as environmental enrichment utilizing Animal Assisted therapy and chair-based exercise programs among frail persons with dementia in both community and institutional settings. She is developing care guidelines to differentiate the needs of caregivers/ patients with various types of dementia. She has numerous research and clinical publications in the area of gerontology.