Guthrie participant in AACN Faculty Policy Intensive

Mount Mercy Assistant Professor of Nursing Sharon Guthrie, Ph.D., was one of eight selected for The American Association of Colleges of Nursing's inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive in Washington, D.C., this spring.

The inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive was a four-day program that allowed faculty who are part of an AACN member school, and who are interested in influencing healthcare and nursing policy, gain additional information on advocacy and policy through various sessions. Such sessions strengthen participant understanding on legislative processes, as well as the relationship between federal departments and agencies, national nursing organizations, and individual advocates.

Through the Faculty Policy Intensive, those selected had the opportunity to discuss policy initiatives with the leaders of federal departments, network with Hill Staff, attend workshops to gain skills to advocate effectively, and discuss current healthcare issues with professional nursing organizations.

Guthrie has been teaching full-time at Mount Mercy since 2007. She received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa, where she conducted her dissertation on how school nurses document their care and their attitudes, knowledge and barriers to using standardized nursing languages.

Guthrie's work has been displayed in numerous publications, such as NASN School Nurse News, NASN Newsletter and Advance for Nurse Practitioners. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2012 Iowa Public Health Hero Award, the University of Iowa Seashore Dissertation Award, the 2009 University of Iowa Distinguished Young Alumni, the 2007 Betty Means Community Health Award, and was recognized as one of the 100 Great Nurses in Iowa in 2009.

Guthrie has served on many task forces for the National Association of School Nurses and is currently the executive director of the Iowa School Nurse Organization. She is also a committee member on the Iowa Nurses Association public policy committee, and is a member of the Midwest Diary Health and Wellness Nutrition Advisory Board.

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