The Hope Heart Institute was founded in 1959 by Lester R. Sauvage, M.D., a world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon and research scientist. The Hope Heart Institute's mission is to serve humanity through cardiovascular research and education. The creation of the Hope Heart Institute Endowed Professorship in Cardiovascular Nursing at Seattle University is a reflection of their goal to partner with outstanding organizations to be a world leader in promotion, education, and prevention of cardiovascular disease, and to advance science from the bench to bedside.
Premera Blue Cross contributes extensively to the profession of nursing in order to help address the critical shortage of nurses. The purpose of this professorship is to provide for nursing faculty with expertise in cancer and end-of-life care so that qualified and highly prepared nurses are able to serve the community. This professorship will honor a distinguished faculty member at Seattle University who manifests leadership in teaching, cancer research and patient care.
Jean Bushman was a beloved faculty member in the College of Nursing and taught for 35 years before becoming faculty emeriti in 1995, and she was passionate about creating and supporting the first endowed chair for the college. Ms. Bushman encouraged colleagues, alumni and friends of the college to join her in accomplishing this goal. In 2005, the College of Nursing named its endowed chair the N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair in Nursing in honor of Bushman's many contributions to nursing education and enduring support for the College of Nursing. The endowed chair supports a faculty member who is pursuing research, teaching and mentoring other College of Nursing faculty, with the end goal to strengthen the education and practice of nursing.
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