University of Hawai'i
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For Immediate Release:
February 15, 2001
Rosanne Harrigan, Dean School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, 808/956-8522
University of Hawai'i at Manoa Nursing Professor Receives $100,00 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing
HONOLULU--Charon Pierson, assistant professor at the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM), was recently awarded a $100,000 post-doctoral fellowship in gerontological nursing from The Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program. Pierson is the only doctoral nursing faculty in the State with extensive background in gerontological nursing and a keen interest in the issues related to aging. She is one of seven in the nation to receive the fellowship. Funding will be provided for a portion of Pierson's salary, travel, materials and supplies from September 2001 through August 2003.
Pierson's research project, "Ethnicity and Race as Predictors of Nursing and Long-term Care Service Use" will identify factors that predict the use of nursing and long-term care service use in a population of Japanese-Americans in the State of Hawai'i. Results will be compared to prior research of similar data on the U.S. population, including the limited number of studies on ethnic minority populations. Dr. Charlene Harrington, a nurse researcher and professor of sociology and nursing at UCSF, will serve as Pierson's mentor. Pierson's Hawai'i mentors include Drs. Patricia Blanchette, Lon White, Cullen Hayashida, and Eldon Wegner.
According to Pierson, Hawai'i's elderly population is growing at about 2.5 times the national average rate, and the proportion of elders in the state has exceeded the national average for the first time this year. The state's nursing home bed supply is far below the national average of 53 beds per 1,000 elder. Access to and use of long-term care services among the elderly is a critical issue for the State.
The fellowship will enable Dr. Pierson to contribute substantially to
the development of nursing scholarship at UH, participate as a member of
the multidisciplinary collaborative team, assist with the development of
the research agenda for long-term care research and improve the care of
elders in Hawai'i.