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January 19, 2018

The 'Excellence in Nursing' awards: Meet Modern Healthcare's honorees

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    Modern Healthcare has unveiled the winners of its third annual Excellence in Nursing Awards.

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    Details on selection process

    The publication presents the awards in partnership with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing. According to Modern Healthcare, honorees demonstrated "exemplary leadership in advancing care through nursing as well as developing innovative programs to solve vexing patient-care problems."

    This year's honorees were selected by a panel of judges made up of four nursing leaders:

    • Jennifer Newton, chief nursing officer (CNO) at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center;
    • Margaret Roley, CNO at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center;
    • Kathleen Sanford, SVP and CNO at Catholic Health Initiatives; and
    • Page West, SVP and system chief nurse executive at Dignity Health.

    Honorees were chosen from nominations submitted to Modern Healthcare via an online form. Eligible nominees include any individuals currently serving in a nursing role, including a role in formal education or nurse training.

    Lillian Carter Exemplary Acts in Nursing Award

    The judges awarded the Lillian Carter Exemplary Acts in Nursing Award to Moya Peterson, a clinical associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. The award recognizes "a nurse or nursing program that has engaged in extraordinary acts of providing health care in areas of special need."

    Peterson, whose work focuses on expanding care for adults with Down syndrome, also serves as director of the nurse-led Adults with Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic, which was founded in 2010 to cultivate an ongoing relationship between patients and their families and a personal health care provider.

    Citing her passion for serving patients with Down syndrome, Peterson said she is particularly interested in enabling aging Down syndrome patients to live full and independent lives. "The people that I see now that are in their 50s, those parents fought for everything; they fought to get them in the school system, to get into classes, to get somewhere to live," she said. "The kids who are now in their teens and 20s, they have these things now. Life is looking up for them, their lifespan is increasing, and it's a great thing to watch and be part of."

    Diversity in Nursing Award

    The judges awarded the Diversity in Nursing Award to Phyllis Sharps, associate dean for community and global programs at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. The award honors "a person for achievement in advancing diversity—racial, ethnic, gender, or sexual orientation—in the nursing workforce, either within [a] nurse's organization or the profession at large."

    Sharp's work focuses on improving community health for vulnerable patient populations. Sharp has led NIH-funded research efforts into nurse-led interventions to reduce the effects of intimate partner violence on pregnant women and their infants. She also received funding to research abuse status and health consequences for African-American and Afro-Caribbean women.

    Rising Star in Nursing Award 

    The Excellence in Nursing awards also recognized six "rising stars" in the field. The award is given to nominees age 35 and under for their achievements in the field and at their institution at an early point in their careers.

    This year's winners are:

    • April Camiling, an oncology nurse specialist at Hackensack University Medical Center;
    • Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, an assistant professor and director of infant research at George Washington University School of Nursing;
    • Mae Dizon, a nurse practitioner at El Camino Hospital;
    • Rachel Nickel, a charge nurse and lead preceptor at University Medical Center New Orleans;
    • Sarah Oerther, a nurse instructor at St. Louis University School of Nursing; and
    • Jeana Rasmussen, program coordinator at MGA Academy (Modern Healthcare [1], accessed 1/17; Modern Healthcare [2]; accessed 1/17; Modern Healthcare [3]; accessed 1/17; Modern Healthcare [4], accessed 1/17; Modern Healthcare [5]; accessed 1/17).

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