The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) presented its Outstanding Researcher Award to Karen Myrick of West Hartford, an assistant professor of nursing at the Quinnipiac University School of Nursing, at its annual meeting in Seattle, April 13-17.
“I am very proud and honored to receive the award,” said Myrick, who developed a physical-examination technique to diagnose hip labral tears. The Hip Internal Rotation with Distraction (THIRD) Test has led to more timely diagnoses and a cost savings for patients.
In addition to ongoing funded research in nurse practitioner practice, candidates for the award were also considered based on their research, support of evidence-based practice and the influence of evolving health policy and nurse practitioner education. Myrick has been the recipient of several grants to continue research of athletic injuries, injury prevention and advanced nursing practice.
Before arriving at Quinnipiac in 2012, Myrick taught at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, where she was founding director of the family nurse practitioner program. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally and her work has been disseminated in peer-reviewed publications.
Myrick received bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of nursing practice degrees from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. She also is certified as an adult and family nurse practitioner, and holds the title of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and doctor of nursing practice (DNP).
The leader in quality nurse practitioner education, NONPF provides timely and critical resources for educators and innovative models that support educational programs. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NONPF represents more than 90 percent of institutions in the United States with nurse practitioner programs, as well as faculty from programs in Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries.
Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing offers bachelor’s-, master’s- and doctoral-level education to nearly 700 students each year. The school’s mission is to provide leadership in nursing and health care through innovative undergraduate and graduate education that embraces holism, interprofessionalism and inclusivity.
The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Quinnipiac are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The nurse anesthesia program has been approved by the Council on Accreditation for nurse anesthesia programs.