Established in 2008, the Dean’s Medal recognizes extraordinary service, philanthropy, and leadership to the School, and dedication and commitment that inspire others to take leadership roles at the University. Individuals, families, associations, corporations, or foundations may be recognized. It is among the highest honors given by the School.
Internationally recognized for her collaborative, groundbreaking work with Dr. Thelma Wells on urinary incontinence in older women, Carol Brink has made magnificent contributions to gerontological nursing as a clinician, educator, and researcher. She and Dr. Wells cofounded the first continence clinic in the nation and sparked a national focus among practitioners and researchers. Her diligent efforts to address and amplify the health needs of chronically ill, elderly, and homebound patients has led to significant improvements in the care of the older population. A highly respected member of the School of Nursing community, she has been involved at all levels – as professor, researcher, and faculty emeritus. The Carol Anne Brink Endowed Research Fund, established in her honor, will continue to be a source of support for nursing education and research on aging for generations to come. An avid and vital volunteer, she has served as an Alumni Council member and is a class representative. For her lifelong commitment to improving patient care and her numerous professional achievements, we honor Carol Brink as one of our most distinguished graduates.