OHSU, School of Nursing faculty member, Kathie Lasater, Receives a Fulbright Award to the UK

06/16/17  Portland, Ore.

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Kathie LasaterKathie Lasater, Ed.D., R.N., A.N.E.F., F.A.A.N. and professor from Oregon Health and Science University has received a Fulbright Award to enable her to conduct research at Edinburgh Napier University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.  

As a participant, Kathie Lasater has been selected from a strong applicant pool to ascertain whether essential elements of the OHSU School of Nursing's Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN) can be practically applied in the context of nursing education in Scotland and in so doing, establish generalizability of the program in contexts beyond the US.

Commenting on receiving the Award, Kathie Lasater said: "I was very pleased to learn I had received a Fulbright award to the UK. Over the last three years, I have developed a relationship with two health geographers from Edinburgh Napier University. It has been my privilege to teach undergraduate population health for the past 15 years at OHSU and see the development and implementation of the Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN). The Fulbright experience will provide an opportunity to investigate the extent to which knowledge gained from the I-CAN project can be applied in a the very different geographical context, namely Scotland. Findings will have very important implications for integrating the issues of population health, such as the social determinants of health and care of people from vulnerable populations, into undergraduate nursing curricula. I hope to facilitate a sustainable bridge between Edinburgh Napier and OHSU for ongoing collaboration.

Peggy Wros, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and I-CAN Director said, "Kathie has had long-standing interest in international nursing education, and has developed relationships with nurse educators and researchers that expand the influence of OHSU School of Nursing and its initiatives.  Her experience and expertise in population health will support the development of curricula in Scotland and provide a bridge to explore application of the I-CAN essentials within another cultural context. Kathie's Fulbright Award is a significant achievement and a source of pride for the School of Nursing, and the I-CAN team is looking forward to being a part of the collaborative work that Katie is developing at Edinburgh Napier University.

Dean Susan Bakewell-Sachs said, "OHSU School of Nursing is proud to have Dr. Lasater accepted for a Fulbright Award. Dr. Lasater is an internationally known education researcher and scholar. Her work in Scotland, will focus on population health and Interprofessional education, enhancing dissemination of innovative curricula."

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: "The impact of the Fulbright programme can change the world. Our Fulbrighters will return to the US having been exposed to different cultures, value systems and schools of thought. They will have the capacity to be more empathetic global citizens and be better prepared for collaboration across borders, between the US and the UK, and beyond."

Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added: "No greater example of the continued importance of international education can be found than in the determination and drive of our 2017-18 grantees. These students, academics and professionals have identified the relevance of intercultural cooperation to their careers. As Fulbright alumni and future leaders, they will be able to foster personal and professional connections between nations." 

The Fulbright Commission provides the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering Awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university.

The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process, looking for academic excellence alongside a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright programme and a plan to give back to the USA upon returning.

Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and/or a contribution towards tuition fees. Fulbright scholars receive administrative support and a cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive UK orientation, cultural enrichment opportunities in the UK, and access to a global alumni network.

Scholar Bio: Kathie Lasater has a strong background in nursing education, including up close and personal development of a nationally recognized, cutting-edge curriculum to prepare nurses for the 21st century. Vulnerable populations, such as arriving refugees, people left in socioeconomic crisis after the recent global financial catastrophe, and increasing numbers of aged, living with a myriad of chronic illnesses, are driving the curricular change, both in the US and the UK. With host university colleagues, she will research the readiness for the change and provide guidance to lay the groundwork for meeting the new standard, using her extensive practice and educational experience in population health.

Kathie's previous research has focused on how students learn to think like a nurse and how the transition to increasingly complicated practice settings impacts their thinking. She has created a developmental rubric used in many countries and is a strong advocate of academic and practice educators solidly partnering to facilitate the transition.

Dr. Lasater is expecting to learn much more about her UK heritage. Her quarter-Scottish spouse will bring his ancestry work along and together, they plan to explore the UK. The project will also connect to faculty at Kathie's home institution and hopefully set the stage for future collaboration.

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Notes to Editors: Full details regarding the Awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and Awards categories, can be found on our website.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was founded by diplomatic treaty in 1948, to foster intercultural understanding between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland through educational exchange.

The Fulbright Commission is part of the scholarship programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients will be the leaders of tomorrow and support the special relationship between the US and UK.

The Commission continues to support Senator Fulbright's vision through our scholarship and summer programmes, enabling British and American citizens to study, research or teach at universities on either side of the Atlantic.

There have been over 27,000 Fulbright exchanges between our two countries so far. Prominent alumni of the US-UK Fulbright programme include poet Sylvia Plath;politician Charles Kennedy;journalist, author and Fulbright Commissioner Toby Young;and the economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman.

As part of the EducationUSA network, we also offer British students free, accurate, and comprehensive information about opportunities to study at accredited universities in the USA. We organise USA College Day, the largest US university fair in Europe. There are currently 11,600 British students at American universities.