Dr. Pozehl named to second Dorothy Hodges Olson Chair

by Vicky Cerino, UNMC public relations | February 16, 2018

Image with caption: Bunny Pozehl, Ph.D.

Bunny Pozehl, Ph.D.

Bunny Pozehl, Ph.D., has been named to the second Dorothy Hodges Olson Chair in Nursing, pending final Board of Regents approval.

The chair, established by the Olson family earlier this summer as the second Dorothy Hodges Olson Chair in the College of Nursing, supports a distinguished nurse scholar with research and teaching expertise who enhances the quality of the research, teaching and practice efforts of the college.

The chair was first established in 1995 which has been held by Ann Berger, Ph.D., since 2007. She will continue to hold the first chair.

"Dr. Pozehl has built an impressive body of research, teaching, and clinical practice focused on care of adults with cardiovascular disease and continues to grow as a nurse scientist and faculty member," said Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D. "She began building her program of research with a seed grant in 1992 addressing pain management and from there she built a strong program that focuses on exercise among patients with heart failure.

"We are thankful to the family of Dorothy Hodges Olson for their support of both of the endowed chairs and their dedication to furthering the advancement of academic nursing."

Dr. Pozehl recently completed a major grant that tested her intervention to promote adherence to exercise following a study that provided pilot data on the same topic.

"It is a distinct honor to be named to the chair," Dr. Pozehl said. "Patient centered research and leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers to study exercise and exercise adherence in patients with heart failure has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.

"Mentoring of students, post-docs, and faculty, an opportunity to guide and foster each mentee's scientific curiosity and to fuel the passion that develops into true dedication toward a life-long research career," she said.

She has presented her research at regional, national, and international scientific meetings. Her research expertise has been recognized through numerous awards.

In 2017 she was granted fellowship in the Heart Failure Society, following her receipt of fellowship in the American Heart Association in 2010. In 2013, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She received the Dr. Anselmo Alonso Research Investigator Award from the Nebraska Affiliate of the American Heart Association in 1999, the Penny Z. Davis Faculty Research Award in 2005, a Distinguished Scientist award from UNMC in 2013 and was named a Virginia Stone Scholar from the American Nurses Foundation.


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Janet Rupke
February 27, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Congratulations Bunny! You've always been an outstanding women of great knowledge and compassion for health of others. You are a guiding star as a mentor and as a friend. Well deserved dear friend, well deserved.

Leeza Struwe
February 20, 2018 at 2:45 PM

Congratulations Dr. Pozehl!

Jolene Ward
February 20, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Dr. Pozehl, Cary and I are both so pleased to hear about this great honor! It is well deserved!! Dr. Cary and Jolene Ward

Jed Hansen
February 19, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Congratulations, Dr. Pozehl. A well deserved honor.

amy volk
February 17, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Thank you to the Olson’s for investing in excellence. What an honor to have their legacy as healthcare providers and proud Nebraskans continue.

Maribeth Hohenstein
February 16, 2018 at 3:16 PM

Congratulations on this honor! Maribeth (Bentzinger) Hohenstein Class of 85 CON Lincoln Division

Sydney Buckland, PhDc
February 16, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Congratulations, Dr Pozehl! So happy to see your work honored in this way.

Joe Norman
February 16, 2018 at 7:51 AM

Bunny, Congratulations on being named as the second Dorothy Hodges Olson Chair in the College of Nursing. This is an outstanding recognition of your accomplishments and body of work in both research and teaching; and well deserved. It has been a privilege to work with you over the years. Again, my congratulations on this prestigious honor and recognition by the CON. -Joe Norman

Sharon McLean
February 16, 2018 at 7:18 AM

Congratulations, Dr. Pozehl. Well deserved!