Jessie M. Scott Award - 2014

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Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN
New Jersey State Nurses Association

As a nursing educator, researcher and practitioner, Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello is known for her outstanding energy, enthusiasm, self-confidence and commitment. As a practicing nurse for more than 24 years, Dr. Krause-Parello has served as both a home health care nurse and a school nurse. Her clinical practice led her to develop evidence-based practice protocols for vulnerable populations — including the elderly, child sexual abuse survivors and wounded warriors — work that has influenced public policy.

In her first full-time academic position at Kean University, she developed and sustained a Center for Nursing Research, the only research center at the university. As a nurse educator, she began articulating complex nursing concepts in an engaging and informative way and soon became known for stimulating critical thinking and Socratic inquiry in her students. As a mentor, she selflessly devotes time to facilitating her students’ professional development, encouraging conference presentations and journal publications.

Dr. Krause-Parello is widely known for improving the health of wounded warriors through animal-assisted interventions. She has methodically built a portfolio of scholarship and advanced research measuring psychobiological outcomes of animal interaction among military veterans, culminating in October 2013 when she founded C-P.A.W.W. — Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors — a health initiative for veterans at the University of Colorado, Denver. There, she has created a network of veterans’ organizations and health care facilities to partner in her research, and based on her findings, to implement animal-assisted interaction to improve military health.

She is also co-leading an innovative research initiative, Working Dogs for Wounded Warriors: Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which will begin soon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Her research has been integrated into global nursing practice, published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and published in her first book on pet attachment.

Currently, she is working with colleagues to develop a Master’s of Nursing Degree and Certificate Program with a functional concentration in Military Health at the University of Colorado, Denver, to advance nursing science for the future. Dr. Krause-Parello’s service to education, research and practice is unparalleled, and her altruism, academic expertise and critical acumen continue to inspire her students and colleagues alike.