Kitko receives Nursing Investigator Award from European Society of Cardiology

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lisa Kitko, assistant professor of nursing at Penn State, was named second runner-up in the Nursing Investigator Awards session at Heart Failure 2015, presented by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) May 23 to 26 in Seville, Spain.

Kitko presented her abstract, "Patients' perceptions of illness severity in advanced heart failure," at the 2nd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, part of Heart Failure 2015. Judith Hupcey, professor and associate dean of graduate education and research in Penn State's College of Nursing, was Kitko's co-author.

The Nursing Investigator Awards competition is designed to recognize significant contributions from investigators in the field of cardiovascular nursing.

Kitko's research focuses on the end-of-life needs of advanced heart failure patients and their family caregivers. Her winning abstract, based on research supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research, was a qualitative study investigating the perceptions of illness severity in advanced heart failure patients with a predicted survival of less than two years.

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Last Updated June 11, 2015