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Margaret Heitkemper Testifies Before the National Research Council on Behalf of AACN


For immediate release
Date:  2006

On Feb. 15, Margaret Heitkemper, professor and chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at the University of Washington, presented testimony on behalf of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing before the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on an Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs. The Committee received testimony from representatives of four disciplines, including nursing, who requested inclusion in NRC’s taxonomy of research doctorates. Heitkemper shared data on the growth in the number of programs and graduates from nursing research doctorates across the country as well rationale for including nursing among the programs currently listed.

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