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Mission Pharmacal Congratulates Exemplary Women's Health Researchers
Date:10/18/2007

Awards given to nurse practitioners conducting outstanding research in

women's health

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Mission Pharmacal today congratulated the winners of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) Women's Health Research Awards presented at NPWH's Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The awards are given to the authors of four abstracts to recognize their outstanding contributions to the field of women's health research. The winners, who presented their research at a special podium session during the conference, are Kathaleen C. Bloom, PhD, CNM and co-author Michele S. Bednarzyk, MN, FNP-BC; Elizabeth M. Kupferer, PhD, RN-C, WHNP; Margaret F. Moloney, RN-C, PhD, ANP; and Maria L. Rubolino- Gallego, MSN, RN, FNPc.

The authors of each winning abstract received $500 in recognition of their important work. The authors of two additional abstracts which were accepted as poster presentations at the conference were also recognized for their contributions to the field. They are Cyndi Roller, WHCNP, RNC, CNM, PhD; and Beth Askue, CNP, MS, et al.

"We are very proud to honor these distinguished nurse practitioners for their contributions to the field of women's health research," said Douglas Leonard, product manager, Perinatal Products for Mission Pharmacal. "Nurse practitioners play an integral role in the health care system. In addition to delivering high quality medical care to their patients, they are well-educated in preventive care and patient education. Many of these skilled clinicians are also actively involved in research to better the lives of their patients, and the NPWH Women's Health Research Awards seek to recognize this unique group."

Members of NPWH were asked to submit research abstracts for presentation at the 10th Annual Conference. The NPWH research committee reviewed all abstracts submitted and selected four to discuss their work in a podium presentation at the conference. This year, NPWH has initiated the NPWH Women's Health Research Awards, which recognize these top four abstract submissions. Additionally, for several years NPWH has honored noteworthy poster presentations, and each year the top poster presentation and runner-up are identified by the research committee and by vote of conference attendees. This year's awards are sponsored by Mission Pharmacal.

"NPWH's mission is to assure the provision of quality health care to women of all ages by nurse practitioners through emphasis on education, support and collaboration," said Susan Wysocki, RN-C, NP, FAANP, president and CEO of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health.

"We are so pleased to honor these outstanding award winners whose research and clinical work embodies the true spirit of the field of nurse practitioners, and we are grateful to Mission Pharmacal for sponsoring this award and recognizing this remarkable group," added Ivy Alexander, PhD, C-ANP, chair of the research committee of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health and Associate Professor at Yale University School of Nursing.

The winners of the 2008 Women's Health Research Award are:

Kathaleen C. Bloom, PhD, CNM

Kathaleen Bloom, PhD, CNM, is a professor at the University of North Florida School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Florida. Her winning abstract entry, "Obstetric Screening Practices of Advanced Practice Nurses: Results of a Pilot Study," summarized her examination of the routine obstetrical screening practices of nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives involved in prenatal care, and evaluated the consistency of these practices with current guidelines. Her investigation found a relatively low incidence of screening for maternal serum markers for fetal abnormalities, kick counts and bacterial vaginosis, which is alarming and inconsistent with well- established obstetric guidelines.

Bloom has served in the nursing field for more than 40 years, and her research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing and Nursing Research. In addition to her contributions to the clinical and research fields, Bloom has also taught in the university setting for 30 years. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the University of North Florida's Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Teaching Recognition Award, as well as the Florida Nurses Association's Great 100 Nurses Award. In addition to NPWH, Bloom is a member of several distinguished organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau (the International Honor Society of Nursing), the Florida Nurses Association and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing.

Michele S. Bednarzyk, MN, FNP-BC

Michele Bednarzyk, MN, FNP-BC, is an instructor at the University of North Florida School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Florida. She served as co-author with Kathaleen Bloom, PhD, CNM, on the winning abstract entry, "Obstetric Screening Practices of Advanced Practice Nurses: Results of a Pilot Study."

Bednarzyk has worked in the nursing field for 27 years in both the clinical and research settings, and has served as a Graduate Faculty member at the University of North Florida School of Nursing since 1998. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Allied Health and Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. Bednarzyk is also an active member of several distinguished nurse practitioner groups, including the NE Florida Advanced Practice Council, AWHONN, Sigma Theta Tau (the International Honor Society of Nursing) and NONPF.

Elizabeth M. Kupferer, PhD, RN-C, WHNP

Elizabeth Kupferer, PhD, RN-C, WHNP, holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas School of Nursing, Austin, in Women's Health with an additional portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies. Her winning abstract entry is titled, "Use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine to treat vasomotor symptoms among a sample of menopausal women who have discontinued hormone therapy." The study examined the use and perceived efficacy of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for menopausal women who have discontinued hormone therapy, and found that of those women using CAM therapies, less than half felt their treatment choices were helpful in relieving menopausal symptoms. She noted that these findings highlight the importance of health care providers remaining informed of the benefits, risks and current research of CAM therapies in order to best serve their patients.

Kupferer began her career in nursing 29 years ago, beginning as an RN in labor and delivery, with progressive management roles up to the director level. Additionally, she has had 10 years of experience in private practice as a women's health care nurse practitioner, has taught at the graduate level and is currently in Medical Affairs within the bioscience industry. Kupferer's doctoral educational and research interests include menopause, health promotion in older women and contraception.

Margaret F. Moloney, RN-C, PhD, ANP

Margaret Moloney, RN-C, PhD, ANP, is an associate professor at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her winning abstract entry, "Migraines and Hysterectomy," outlines her study of middle-aged women who received hysterectomies without consideration for their migraines, a common practice. Her research indicated that hysterectomy may actually cause the worsening of migraines, and called for clinicians to consider a woman's migraines when recommending hysterectomy and to abandon the practice of recommending hysterectomy as a treatment.

Moloney has been dedicated to the field of nursing since 1979, and has worked in the academic, research and clinical settings. In addition to her faculty position at Georgia State University, she currently serves as a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood of Atlanta. She has written and contributed to numerous scientific papers, book chapters and Internet publications, and given national and international presentations on numerous topics. Moloney is an active member of several professional organizations and honor societies, including Sigma Theta Tau (the International Honor Society of Nursing), the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculties, the Southern Nursing Research Society and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

Maria L. Rubolino-Gallego, MSN, RN, FNPc

Maria L. Rubolino-Gallego, MSN, RN, FNPc, is a professor at California State University Bakersfield, in Bakersfield, California. Her winning abstract entry, "Prophylactic Mastectomy: Living the Decision," was based on extensive semi-structured interviews conducted with women who have undergone prophylactic mastectomy. She found that while all reported a sense of fear prior to surgery, few expressed major regrets. The findings can be used to help health care providers better inform and support women considering mastectomy, and have been published in Practical Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

After securing both an undergraduate and a master's degree in nursing from California State University, Rubolino-Gallego returned to her alma mater where she now serves as a full-time professor. Additionally, Rubolino-Gallego provides general, antepartum and postpartum care to women of all ages at the Bakersfield Center for Women's Health in Bakersfield, California. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (the International Honor Society of Nursing), the Kern Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Association, the Community Action Partnership Committee and CSUB Alumni.

About the NPWH Women's Health Research Award Sponsored by Mission Pharmacal

Mission Pharmacal is the proud sponsor of the NPWH Women's Health Research Awards, presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH). The awards are given to the authors of six abstracts to recognize their outstanding contribution to the field of women's health research, as judged by the NPWH research committee. Since 1946, Mission Pharmacal has been committed to the research and development of products that improve women's health. For more information, visit http://www.missionpharmacal.com.

About Mission Pharmacal

Mission Pharmacal is a privately-held pharmaceutical company based in San Antonio, Texas. For more than 60 years, the company has been dedicated to identifying unmet health needs in the marketplace and developing innovative prescription and over-the-counter products to meet them. Currently, Mission Pharmacal provides physicians and consumers with pharmaceutical, nutritional and diagnostic products. For more information, visit http://www.missionpharmacal.com.

About the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH)

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH), founded in 1980, represents nurse practitioners that provide care to women in the primary care setting as well as in women's health specialty practices. The mission of NPWH is to assure the provision of quality health care to women of all ages by nurse practitioners, and to protect and promote a woman's right to make her own choices regarding her health within the context of her personal, religious, cultural and family beliefs. NPWH is a trusted source of information on nurse practitioner education, practice and women's health issues, and works with a wide range of individuals and groups within nursing, medicine, the health care industry and the women's health community. For more information, visit http://www.npwh.org.


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