Dr. Badzek joins CHHS as the new Director of the School of Nursing

Professor, Laurie Badzek has accepted CHHS' offer to become the next director and professor of the School of Nursing. Badzek will begin her role on July 1, 2015.

Badzek is a tenured, full professor at the West Virginia University School of Nursing where she teaches nursing, ethics, law and health policy. Badzek has practiced in a variety of nursing and law positions. She was appointed to the West Virginia State Guardianship Commission in 1989 and to the West Virginia Catastrophic Illness Commission in 1999. The Guardianship Commission has been instrumental in the development and passage of legislation on advance directives, guardianship and other issues related to end-of-life. Badzek served as the primary recorder and drafter on a number of bills that were ultimately enacted by the legislature.

She received her B.S.N. and her J.D. from West Virginia University Schools of Nursing and Law. While at the West Virginia University College of Law, Badzek was a member of the Moot Court Board and inducted into both the Order of the Barristers and the Order of the Coif. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honorary for research and scholarship. She received her M.S. in Nursing and her L.L.M. in Health Care Law from DePaul University in Chicago.

Badzek has a continuing relationship with the American Nurses Association (ANA) where she serves as the ethics and human rights director. In her role as director of the ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights, she is a national and international leader and spokesperson on ethics and health care policy. She has guided the revision of both the 2001 and the new 2015 Code of Ethics for Nurses.

Badzek is an active researcher, investigating ethical and legal health care issues. Current research interests include patient and family decision making, genomics and professional healthcare ethics. Her recent contributions to genomics and nursing practice have been integral to the development of the nursing profession, from defining essential genomic competencies for all registered nurses to serving as the principal investigator in the largest national study of nurses' knowledge and integration of genomics into nursing practice. Her research has been published in nursing, medical, legal and communication studies journals including the Journal of Nursing Law, Nephrology Nursing Journal, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Palliative Care and Health Communication.

In 1993, she was the winner of the Clark Fila Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nursing. Badzek has received several awards for research related to end-of-life care. In 1998, she received the American Nephrology Nurses Association Research Award for work related to end-of-life decisions and dialysis patients. In 2001, she received the Nephrology Nursing Journal Writing Award for Research for her research article Inappropriate use of dialysis for some elderly patients: Nephrology nurse perceptions and concerns.

More recently, Badzek was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice in 2006. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2011 and an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership Fellow in 2007. She was honored as the West Virginia University Convocation speaker in 2011.