photo of Nancy Kowal


Worcester nurse practitioner dedicated to pain management

February 19, 2004

WORCESTER, Mass.— Nancy Kowal, MS, ANP, has been honored with a Nursing In Washington Internship (NIWI) and will attend a four-day conference to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. Kowal is a nurse practitioner at UMass Memorial Medical Center who has devoted much of her work to pain management, ambulatory care management and issues regarding anesthesia and preoperative care, and an alumna and affiliate faculty member of the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Worcester. She will join other nurse leaders from around the country in Washington, DC, from February 29 to March 3, where they will hear from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress.


The annual Nursing In Washington Internship is sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, a coalition of nursing organizations united to create a strong voice for nurses. Membership in the alliance is open to any nursing organization whose focus is to address current and emerging nursing and health care issues. Kowal belongs to two alliance member organizations, the American Society of Pain Management Nurses and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.

“My advocacy for pain patients motivated me to become politically active,” said Kowal about her decision to apply for the NIWI scholarship. She also credited mentorship from Doreen C. Harper, PhD, AACN, dean of the GSN, where Kowal earned her MS in 1995. She also serves as president of the Worcester region’s Iota Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing society. The GSN is a member school of Sigma Theta Tau, whose membership is extended by invitation to nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in the field.

Kowal is a certified adult nurse practitioner in the Department of Anesthesiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, and previously served as director of the Pain Clinic at the former UMass Medical Center. Kowal has consulted and presented extensively on pain management issues to legislators and government agencies, health care executives and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as clinicians and patients. 

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UMass Memorial Health Care,, is Central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, , one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $151 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

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