Two faculty members associated with UNC were recently recognized by Duke School of Nursing Alumni Association for their achievements in nursing. Research professor Barbara Brod Germino, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science award, and adjunct faculty member Mary Ann Rohrhurst Peter, PhD, RN, received the Distinguished Service award.
Dr. Germino is well-known for her research on the impact of cancer on patients and their families throughout the course of the disease from diagnosis to survivorship or the final phases of life. Working closely with UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nursing Merle Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dr. Germino developed theory-based interventions to manage uncertainty and to improve knowledge, coping, and other aspects that impact a cancer patient’s quality of life. An accomplished teacher, Dr. Germino has taught nursing students at all levels, and has served on 33 master’s and 26 doctoral degree committees. She was also instrumental in implementing the nursing PhD program at UNC.
Dr. Peter spent the first 24 years of her career at Duke University Hospital. She began her career as a rehabilitation clinical specialist and worked her way up through the ranks to become the hospital’s very first director of nursing. She was a leader in the development of Duke’s pionneering quality assurance program in nursing and also played a role in their Friends of Nursing program. She received her PhD in education from UNC in 1992 and became a faculty member for the graduate program at the SON.
Both women were honored in a ceremony during Duke’s annual nursing reunion weekend.