March 30, 1994
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Patricia Grimm. R.N., Ph.D., C.S., assistant professor at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has received the American Cancer Society's Mary Edna Bush Professorship for Oncology Nursing. A certified clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing with expertise in psychosocial oncology, Grimm is the psychiatric consultation liaison nurse for the Oncology Center's bone marrow transplant program.

As part of the three-year professorship at Hopkins, Grimm will establish a specialty in oncology nursing within the master's program at the School of Nursing. She also plans to develop a concentration in oncology nursing for the undergraduate program.

"The emphasis on oncology nursing in the undergraduate program won't be a separate tract" says Grimm. "Rather, it will be a thread that goes through the general curriculum. The specialty focus in the master's program will be designed to integrate with the variety of study options offered by our school."

In addition to curriculum development, Grimm will speak to health-care providers around Maryland about oncology issues, and continue her own research as part of the professorship.

The emotional well-being of people with cancer is the focus of Grimm's research and practice. She is completing a study exploring the relationships among pain fatigue and emotional distress in cancer patients, The study is funded by a National Institute of Nursing Research Exploratory Center grant.

"I became interested in oncology nursing in 1981 when my best friend was diagnosed with cancer," says Grimm. "Her experience inspired me to study how people deal emotionally with cancer diagnosis and treatment."

A native of Connecticut Grimm received her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1989. She was the Linda Pollin Post Doctoral Fellow in Psychosocial Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1991. Grimm holds one of 10 American Cancer Society professorships in oncology nursing in the country.

Mary Edna Bush, for whom the professorship is named, was chairman of the board for the American Cancer Society's Maryland division from 1973 to 1974. She was dedicated to establishing nursing professorships.

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