WVU names nursing dean

March 21st, 2007

Georgia L. Narsavage, Ph.D., APRN , FAAN, will be the next dean of the West Virginia University School of Nursing.

Dr. Narsavage currently serves as associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the School of Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia.

Robert M. DAlessandri, M.D., WVU ’s vice president for health sciences, announced the appointment Wednesday.Dr. Narsavage brings with her a history of dedication to the profession of nursing, to the education of the next generation of nurses, and to research,Dr. DAlessandri said.We believe she is the right person to build upon the recent success of the School of Nursing, and continue our efforts to expand opportunities for our students.

In July, Narsavage will take the post being vacated by E. Jane Martin, Ph.D., who announced her retirement late last year. Under Dr. Martins leadership, the School has increased its class size and developed a doctoral program, along with innovative undergraduate programs designed to facilitate increasing enrollments and address the nursing shortage.

I am delighted to have been chosen as the next dean of the West Virginia University School of Nursing,Narsavage told a crowd of nursing faculty and students Wednesday at WVU .Jane Martins leadership has built a legacy and a strong foundation for our future. West Virginia University has expert faculty, exceptional students, and remarkable resources.

In meeting with WVU nursing students during the interview process, I was impressed by their ability to think critically as well as their desire to attack the health disparities of our current system of care and make it better for others.

Narsavage earned a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, a masters degree in nursing from the College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa., and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship. In 2002, she earned an adult nurse practitioner certificate from Case Western Reserve University.

A specialist in respiratory geriatric nursing, Narsavages research has focused on home care for patients with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), prevention of chronic illness, and the hospital readmission of patients with COPD . Her other research interests include the evaluation of service learning in graduate nursing education.

As a national and international leader in the profession, Narsavage provides a voice for nursing practice, bringing attention to the shortage of critical care nurses and highlighting the issues of home care for patients with chronic respiratory disease. Under her mentorship, nursing membership in the European Respiratory Society has grown, and nursings scientific contributions and roles were included in the European Lung White Book that describes the international prevention and treatment of respiratory disease.

Narsavage served on the board of directors for the American Thoracic Society and is a member of the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty. In 2005, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.