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NMCSD nurse scientists win nursing publication award

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Indra Beaufort
Naval Medical Center San Diego

SAN DIEGO— Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) nurse scientists were recently announced that they will be presented with the 2018 RDML Mary F. Hall award for nursing publication.

Cmdr. Wendy Cook, Nurse Corps scientist and head of Nursing Research and Analysis at Clinical Investigation department at NMCSD, and Cmdr. Abigail Yablonsky, principal investigator for Naval Health Research Center’s Directorate for Military Population Health, are winners for this year’s highly acclaimed nursing publication award.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Cook, who has won the RDML Mary F. Hall award two years in a row. “I am delighted to have two separate publications recognized two years in a row, especially because I am aware of the high quality of the other nominated publications.”

The RDML Mary F. Hall Award is an award created to recognize Navy nurses who contribute to nursing through professional publications.

“Winning this award is significant for two reasons,” said Senior Nurse Researcher at NMCSD Capt. Heather King. “First, this is a highly competitive award open to all Navy Nurse Corps Officers. Second, two of our nurse scientists received this award, which highlights the research that is done to enhance the care of servicemembers,” said King.

According to King, there are currently four nurse scientists working at NMCSD.

Active duty nurses, reservists, Department of Veterans Affairs nurses, and DoD Federal civilian registered nurses, are among those eligible to submit published works for recognition.

“Both Cmdr. Cook and Cmdr. Yablonsky have been wonderful to work with,” said King. “They are dedicated nurse scientists who continually strive to create and disseminate new knowledge to benefit our NMCSD service members and beneficiaries.”

Award categories include peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed publications. Peer reviewed, also known as scholarly articles, require a panel of professional experts in the field relating to the article topic to conduct a rigorous review of the manuscript before the article is accepted for the publication. Non peer-reviewed publications are not reviewed by professional experts in the field, but are typically reviewed by journalism editors. Examples include newspaper articles, newsletters, letters to the editor, and popular magazine articles.

For non-peer reviewed category, Cmdr. Yablonsky won first place for her publication on “Research, Readiness, and Military Parents”, published by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. Cmdr. Cook was one of the co-authors who received first runner up in the peer-reviewed category for research findings on “U.S. Military Service Members’ Reasons for Deciding to Participate in Health Research”, published on Research in Nursing and Health.

Awardees will each receive a congratulatory letter from the Director, Navy Nurse Corps, and selection results will be highlighted on milSuite and in the Nurse Corps Newsletter.

For more information on Naval Medical Center San Diego visit http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd/Pages/default.aspx.

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