Cynthia Russell, professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, won the Barbara Prowant Lifetime Achievement Award in Nursing at the 37th Annual Dialysis Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Cynthia Russell, professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, won the Barbara Prowant Lifetime Achievement Award in Nursing at the 37th Annual Dialysis Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

“I’m so honored to receive this award and thank the nominating committee, especially conference nursing chair Leonor Ponferrada, for considering me,” said Russell, a Hannibal native who was a longtime faculty member at the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri in Columbia before joining UMKC in 2012. “Barbara Prowant was a dedicated nephrology nurse mentor who positively influenced many lives and continues to do so. I strive for the high quality of life goals that Barb envisioned for all individuals, especially those with kidney disease.”

Russell’s research focuses on self-management of chronic disease, specifically behavior change in those with kidney and heart disease. She is currently conducting a National Institutes of Health grant to test a SystemCHANGE intervention to improve medication adherence, psychologic, physiologic and cost outcomes in adult kidney transplant recipients. Russell’s research program has been funded consistently since 2002 in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $2,585,224. She leads an interprofessional research team in transplantation.

Russell received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rush University in Chicago and her PhD from Saint Louis University. Russell presents locally, nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to her program of research, professional issues, evidence-based practice and advanced nursing practice. She led a task force that published the first edition of the Scope and Standards for Transplant Nursing Practice and the Transplant Competencies.