Professor honored for research to
By Katherine Thompson Jackson
Ann Gill Taylor these words describe the foundation for practicing
complementary and alternative nursing.
soft-spoken Taylor gently waves her hands back and forth as she
discusses the importance of caring. Rising, she pulls one tissue
from its container, dots a runaway tear from her eye, and continues.
nurses provide care and comfort in spite of painful conditions.
Sometimes the nature of the work causes patients discomfort.
enough to restore a measure of comfort to patients is what has
compelled Taylor to study alternative therapies to combat chronic
manage pain and anxiety. That makes them valuable resources for
providing alternative methods of care, said Taylor. By managing
pain, they are attempting to fill an important gap in health care.
cares that Americans are spending millions of dollars a year on
alternative medicines. Patients and families should be informed
about the nature and efficacy of these treatments, she said.
1995, Taylor spearheaded work on U.Va.s Center
for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies,
the culmination of a career-long effort. She has been called an
exemplary leader, superb scientist and mentor.
the past four decades, she has shown tremendous leadership and
achievement in teaching, research and service. Her efforts have
not gone unnoticed. She was honored with the 2003 Distinguished
Nurse Award, which recognizes innovative and visionary nursing
leadership locally, nationally and internationally. The Beta Kappa
Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of
Nursing honored Taylor, who is the Betty Norman Norris Professor
of Nursing, at a banquet on May 2 in the Rotunda.
is nothing better than recognition and respect from peers and
students for work being done to honor supporters, nothing better,
the nursing faculty since 1968, Taylor directs the center that
she helped establish. Her duties involve cutting-edge interdisciplinary
research on complementary methods for patient care.
work is rewarding, said Taylor, because of peoples
response ... to the fact that we are exploring and enhancing their
theyll say, We cant believe you care enough
to do this for us.