Somewhere in rural North Carolina, an 85-year-old Cherokee Indian, who never attended school himself, can take credit for inspiring the career of his son—a nurse scientist whose groundbreaking research on Native American health issues has brought him to the pinnacle of the nursing profession.

In 2007, John Lowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU)’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing—only the fourth-ever American Indian nurse to achieve that honor. That same year, Lowe was named Florida Nurse Educator of the Year, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded him a $1.35 million grant to study substance abuse interventions for Cherokee adolescents.

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