Nursing research at the University of Central Florida received a financial boost with a $250,000 grant from Orlando Health.

The gift supports UCF’s College of Nursing and funds three initiatives: the Orlando Health Distinguished Professor in Nursing, student scholarships to prepare and inspire future nursing research scientists, and a nursing research symposium showcasing current trends and evidence-based practices in nursing.

Mary Lou Sole, a UCF nursing professor, was named the Orlando Health Distinguished Professor in Nursing for her work as an internationally recognized acute and critical care researcher. She will coordinate the first nursing research symposium in 2011. An event honoring Sole will be held in the fall. Funds for the professorship also will be used to support her ongoing research efforts.

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