by John Weeks, Publisher Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports Nurse researcher Mary Jo Kreitzer honored with Consortium’s Bravewell istinguished Service Award  At the October 2013 annual meeting of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers or Integrative Medicine, Mary Jo

by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports 

Nurse-researcher Mary Jo Kreitzer honored with Consortium’s Bravewell istinguished Service Award 

At the October 2013 annual meeting of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers or Integrative Medicine, Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD, FAAN as honored with the Bravewell Distinguished Service Award. Kreitzer is the founder and director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing. The Consortium, as the organization prefers to be known, issues this award to “someone who has shown an exceptional long-term commitment to the work of the Consortium and made an outstanding contribution to furthering the organization’s mission and its ongoing work.” Kreitzer is a former vice chair whose role as a mentor was lauded in the presentation ceremony. In addition to her Center role, Kreitzer is a tenured professor in the School of Nursing, and co-lead of the doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) specialty in integrative health and healing, a joint program between the School and the Center.

Comment: It is interesting that this award, given only for the second time, went to the one nurse-leader of a Consortium member organization. The first also went to a non-MD, Georgetown University physiology professor Adi Haramati, PhD. This suprising pattern of awards does mimic the pattern of the Consortium’s early leadership. Three of the first 4 chairs and vice-chairs of the Consortium were non-MDs. Pleasing to see a second individual dedicated to inter-professionalism named. A taste of Kreitzer’s leadership in promoting self-care, health and well-being at the Institute of Medicine is here.  

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