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Communication's Julie Apker wins writing award

Oct. 15, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Julie Apker has won the 2004 Nursing Economics Margaret Sovie Writer's Award for her article titled "Predicting Nurses' Organizational and Professional Identification: The Effect of Nursing Roles, Professional Autonomy and Supportive Communication."

The publication presents the Writer's Award each year to a deserving author or authors who best exemplify Nursing Economics' mission to advance nursing leadership with thoughtful analyses of current and emerging best practices in health care management, economics and policymaking.

"This article appeals to nurses at a variety of levels and in many different care settings," stated the award committee. "It combines research with everyday management principles."

Apker, who joined the WMU faculty in 2001, is an assistant professor of communication. She received her bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and earned master's and doctoral degrees in communication studies from the University of Kansas.

Also collaborating on the article were WMU's Wendy S. Zabavana Ford, associate dean, arts and sciences, and Dorothy H. Fox, a grants consultant at Wayne State University.

The award is named in memory of Margaret D. Sovie, a longtime Nursing Economics editorial board member, author and manuscript reviewer and nationally recognized authority in the field of nursing administration.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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