- Lawrence Tabak, who holds a doctor of dental surgery, will soon head the National Institute of Nursing Research as interim director.
- Some nurses have said the organization should be run by a nurse, and appointing a dentist diminishes the profession.
- The US agency posted a job application “encouraging qualified nurses to apply” on September 13, the day Business Insider reported on the interim appointment.
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The country’s largest federal nursing research institute will soon be run by a dentist and a biologist.
Former principal deputy director Lawrence Tabak, who holds a doctor of dental surgery, or DDS, will serve as interim director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Tabak will take over for Ann Cashion, who announced her resignation on August 30. Cashion holds a doctorate in nursing. Her last day is September 30.
The National Institutes of Health also appointed Tara Schwetz, who holds