Ann Malone Berger, Ph.D., has earned the 2011 alumni merit award from Creighton University School of Nursing. She received the award on Sept. 22 during a special presentation.
Berger, holder of the Professor Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Creighton University School of Nursing in 1971.
Her background includes more than 10 years in all levels of coronary care and more than two decades in oncology nursing care. She has held positions in Washington, California and Nebraska.
Berger has distinguished herself most notably for her work in fatigue, particularly as it relates to cancer and chemotherapy. She and her research team received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing to study chemotherapy fatigue, the first research of its kind. The study, involving 220 women with breast cancer, identified the need for more sleep and healthy eating habits to directly impact physical and mental well-being.
Berger has been described as a “splendid example of nursing – inquisitive, compassionate, dedicated and a consistent patient advocate” In 2005, she received UNMC’s Outstanding Teacher Award and was named a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
To view a video on Dr. Berger click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3QBB_fAHpA.