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July 2017

Dr. Patsy Ruchala, professor and dean of the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno, was awarded the Distinguished Nurse Leader with Lifetime Achievement Award by the Nevada Nurses Foundation. She was recognized for her many achievements and service in nursing at the second annual Future of Nursing in Nevada Awards dinner held in May. Dr. Ruchala is a past member of AACN's Board of Directors. Read moremore

Dr. Nancy Glass, professor and associate dean for research at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has received the 2017 International Achievement Award given by the International Council of Nurses' Florence Nightingale International Foundation. Read moremore
Dr. Christopher Blackwell, associate professor at the University of Central Florida's College of Nursing, has been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Read moremore
Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing gathered on June 20 for a groundbreaking ceremony to officially start construction of the nursing school's new $26.3 million expansion. The five-floor structure will house technologically advanced classrooms, conference and seminar rooms, student services offices, faculty offices and a state-of-the-art simulation teaching lab that will allow complex skills development and real-time feedback on students' clinical nursing skills. Read moremore

June 2017

The American Academy of Nursing has announced the designation of Dr. Linda Sarna, dean of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing and her collaborator, Dr. Stella Aguinaga Bialous, associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing, as Academy Edge Runners for their model, Tobacco Free Nurses (TFN). The Academy's Raise the Voice Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that impact cost, improve quality, and influence policy. Read moremore 

Pace University's College of Health Professions has announced the appointment of Dr. Keville Frederickson as the Founding Director of the PhD in Nursing program, which is the only PhD program in the mid-Hudson (NY) region. The program launch date is fall 2017. Read moremore 

May 2017

The University of Massachusetts Lowell recently celebrated the naming of its school of nursing and the first-ever endowed professorship in the nearly 50-year history of the program. On April 27, the university dedicated the Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing and announced the Donna Manning Endowed Chair for Nursing at a ceremony attended by more than 100 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Read moremore 

The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has launched a new Center for Community Partnerships and Nursing Innovation. Led by Dr. Sara Day, associate professor and assistant dean in the UTHSC College of Nursing, the center is designed to develop sustainable partnerships with clinical, research, and service institutions in the Mid-South to advance health care, foster innovative nursing strategies, reduce health disparities, and improve patient outcomes. The work of the center aligns with recommendations of the 2015 study, Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing, commissioned by AACN, which advises an expanded role for academic nursing institutions as a key to better health care. Read moremore 

April 2017

At the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) annual meeting, held last week in Baltimore, the AONE Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research and Education presented Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk with the 2017 Nurse Researcher Award. The award recognizes a nurse researcher who has made significant contributions to nursing science and is recognized by the broader nursing community as an outstanding nurse researcher. Dr. Melnyk is Dean, Vice President for Health Promotion, and Chief Wellness Officer at The Ohio State University's College of Nursing, and she is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the College of Medicine. Read moremore 
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), will induct 23 nurse researchers representing Australia, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at STTI's 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland, July 27-31, 2017. Three deans are among the honorees: Dr. Mary Lou Sole (University of Central Florida), Dr. Alexa K. Stuifbergen (The University of Texas at Austin), and Dr. Terri Weaver (University of Illinois at Chicago). The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. The honorees' research projects will be shared through STTI's Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, enabling nurses everywhere to benefit from their discoveries and insights. Read moremore 
Dr. Sally Norton, the Independence Chair in Nursing and Palliative Care at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, has been honored with the prestigious Distinguished Researcher Award from the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association. The award recognizes nurse researchers who have made significant contributions to the science, which has allowed the specialty of palliative nursing to evolve and mature. Dr. Norton's program of research is focused on palliative care and end-of-life decision-making, with emphasis on the communication processes and practice patterns of care delivery in the acute and long-term care settings. Read moremore 

March 2017

Dr. Linda D. Norman, dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and Dr. Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, are among 15 new ambassadors for the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, an independent nonprofit organization that advocates for nursing science and its role in promoting the health and wellbeing of Americans. See the full list of ambassadorsmore 
Dr. Rick García, AACN Director of Nursing Education, has been selected as a Fellow in the Class of 2017 by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN). Dr. García will receive his award at AAOHN’s national conference in New Orleans, April 24-27.

February 2017

The University of California, Irvine has gained approval to open a school of nursing that will double the number of nursing students in a decade. Construction of a School of Nursing building will begin in 2018. Read moremore 
Dr. Bernadette Melnyk has been promoted to Vice President for Health Promotion and reappointed for a 5-year term as Dean of the College of Nursing and University Chief Wellness Officer at The Ohio State University. Read moremore 
A $5 million gift from Joanne and Bill Conway will go toward supporting the University of Virginia's Clinical Nurse Leader program for non-nurses entering the profession. The gift will go into effect in 2018, extending a gift bestowed in 2013. Read moremore 
Dr. William L. Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor at the Rutgers University School of Nursing, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to ANAC and his global leadership in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Read moremore 

January 2017

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Associate Professor Dr. Sarah L. Szanton has been awarded the 2016 Senior Service American Senior Scholar Award for Research Related to Disadvantaged Older Adults, given by the Gerontological Society of America and Senior Service America, Inc. Read moremore 
An anonymous donor has pledged to give $1 million to the University of Rochester School of Nursing. The donation, which will establish a new endowed fund, will support the school’s mission to advance research and scientific discovery. The endowed fund will provide resources for the school to jump-start new pilot projects, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, and conduct bio-statistical analysis, among other initiatives. The donation may also fund collaborative research projects led by the school and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Read moremore 

December 2016

Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch, Dean Emerita of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, recently received two honors recognizing her impact on nursing and health care. The American Academy of Nursing named Dr. Conway-Welch a Living Legend, the highest honor the organization bestows. In October, Dr. Conway-Welch was inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame in recognition of her significant and lasting contributions to the health and health care industries in Tennessee. Read moremore 
Dr. Janet Allan, Dean Emeritus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has been selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in community health, primary healthcare and research (regarding women and weight management), and NP education and practice. Read moremore 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing’s Dr. Kay Gaehle was selected Nurse Educator of the Year at the March of Dimes’ fifth annual Nurse of the Year Award ceremonies, held November 19 in St. Louis. Dr. Gaehle is an associate professor with clinical expertise in acute care and medical-surgical nursing. Her scholarship activities include safety related to medication administration, breast cancer detection practices for women 65 years and older, and nursing education. Read moremore 
Three senior nursing students at the University of Kentucky have organized Student Mentors Advocating for Student Health (SMASH), a peer-to-peer support group with faculty involvement. Their premise is that such help can dissolve the stigma of mental health disorders and encourage nursing students to seek help for mental health issues. The students have partnered with College of Nursing faculty members to promote a healthy school-life balance and create a college culture where students can address the emotional and mental burden of a nursing education and career. Read moremore 

November 2016

Binghamton University professor Pamela Stewart Fahs is the recipient of the 2016 Anna Mae Ericksen Award, presented by the Rural Nurse Organization (RNO) for outstanding leadership in rural nursing and provision of healthcare to rural populations. Sheila Ray Montgomery, president of RNO, nominated Stewart Fahs for the award. In her nomination she wrote, "Dr. Pam Stewart Fahs has done an incredible job supporting and recognizing the specialty of rural nursing. As a practitioner, educator, and researcher she has exhibited leadership in healthcare in rural populations. Finally, [she] has supported rural nursing beyond the local sphere and has accomplished lasting influences within rural nursing and healthcare delivery." Read moremore 
Patricia Davidson, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2016. Dr. Davidson has been recognized in the global category for her contribution to nursing. The 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women across Australia from a wide variety of sectors such as management, public policy, diversity, global, business, young leader, culture and sports, and more. Winners are recognized based on their exceptional ability to demonstrate innovation, vision, leadership and action in their fields. Read moremore 
Michigan State University College of Nursing
received a $1.5 million gift from McLaren Greater Lansing to establish the College's first endowed chair position. The donation is the second largest gift ever given to the College of Nursing. The Endowed Chair for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing Education will support the development of nursing competencies in this priority area related to evidence-based care and improved patient outcomes among undergraduate and graduate students, as well as McLaren nursing staff. Read moremore 
Testamentary Trust has announced the election of four new members to The Nemours Foundation Board of Directors, including Dr. Linda D. Norman, Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The Nemours Foundation is a non-profit organization in Jacksonville, Florida, created by philanthropist Alfred I. du Pont in 1936, and dedicated to improving the health of children. Read moremore 

October 2016

Eleven schools of nursing were among the 31 health professions schools receiving the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The Health Professions HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read moremore 

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has announced the 16 grant recipients for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program. Each team is led by a graduate nursing program and includes one or more professional schools and a community clinical setting. Funded programs will receive technical assistance, expert in-person and group consultation, and resources from the National Center to accelerate their interprofessional education and collaboration efforts in community settings.  Read moremore 

The Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada Reno has been reinstated as an independent school lead by a dean after 24 years. The change became effective October 1. Dr. Patsy L. Ruchala has been named dean of the Orvis School of Nursing following a decision by the Nevada System of Higher Education's Board of Regents. Read moremore 

September 2016

Dr. Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, received the 2016 Australian Museum's Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers. The award is considered one of Australia's most prestigious scientific awards, and Dr. Davidson is the first nurse to receive this honor. Read moremore 

Dr. Anna McDaniel, dean of the University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing, has been named the Linda Harman Aiken Professor at the college. UF Alumna Dr. Linda Aiken announced a $1 million gift in February to endow the professorship, which supports excellence in nursing research at the college. Dr. McDaniel, the fifth dean of the College of Nursing, joined UF in 2013. In addition to serving as dean, she is assistant vice president for academic-practice partnerships at UF Health. Read moremore 

Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for health sciences at East Carolina University (ECU), has been awarded the North Carolina Hospital Association's 2016 Meritorious Service Award. The award is given each year to an individual who is not a CEO or trustee of an NCHA member institution. Dr. Horns has served as vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU since 2009. Prior to her appointment, she was the longest-serving dean in the history of the ECU College of Nursing, from 1990 to 2009. Read moremore

Dr. Phyllis Sharps, professor and associate dean for Community Programs at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and Research from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to nursing and/or health care of African-Americans. Read moremore

Three former deans and one professor of nursing are among the five eminent nursing professionals chosen to receive the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) designation of Living Legend. The honors will take place at a special ceremony during the AAN policy conference in Washington, DC on October 20. The former deans to receive this honor are Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch (Vanderbilt University), Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick (Case Western Reserve University), and Dr. Martha Hill (Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Anne Burgess, professor at Boston College School of Nursing, also will receive the Living Legend designation, as will Dr. Linda Bolton, vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer, and director of nursing research at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Congratulations to all honorees on this distinguished recognition! Read moremore

June 2016

Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges has been elected president-elect of AARP Board of Directors. Currently, Dr. Georges is president of the National Black Nurses Foundation and chairperson of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College of the City University of New York. As an educator and practitioner, Dr. Georges is well known throughout the nursing community. She has been very active with the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, culminating in serving as Board of Trustees president from 2004-2005. Read moremore 
Dr. Linda Sarna, interim dean at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing, has been elected to serve a three-year term as the first National Board Chair for the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). The NCSP was founded in 2015 through a collaboration among UCLA, Yale University, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania.  The program’s goal is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at lower cost by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, healthcare systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the U.S. and around the world. Read moremore  

May 2016

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins has named Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan as director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is the world's largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide. Dr. Brennan is expected to begin her new role in August 2016. Previously, Dr. Brennan was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. Following 7 years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read moremore   

April 2016

On April 1, New York University (NYU) announced a gift of $30 million from Howard and Rose-Marie “Rory” Meyers to its College of Nursing. Three-quarters of the gift - $22.5 million – will be endowed as a fund for scholarships for low-income, first-generation college-goers with strong academic credentials, with the remainder to be used for academic and faculty support. In recognition of the Meyers’ generosity, the school will be renamed the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in honor of Ms. Meyers, who is a nurse, and was the first in her immediate family to go to college. Mr. Meyers -- a 1964 graduate of NYU’s Stern School, an NYU Trustee, and a member of the Stern School’s Board of Overseers – is chairman and CEO of Quexco Inc. Read moremore  
University of Florida College of Nursing alumna Dr. Linda Aiken has committed $1 million to endow the Linda Harman Aiken professorship to support excellence in nursing research at the college. Dr. Aiken is the director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing, and a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She conducts research on the health care workforce and quality of health care in the U.S. and globally and is the author of more than 300 scientific papers. Read moremore