Nurses work on the frontlines of patient care. As such, they must be highly trained professionals ready for a multitude of tasks. These exceptional professors and administrators are a continual source of knowledge and inspiration to the next generation of nurses.

Stephen Stapleton Mennonite College of Nursing Award Won: Nurse Educator Fellowship Awarded By: Illinois Board of Education
When it comes to patient care, compassion is a priority for Mennonite College of Nursing assistant professor Stephen Stapleton. In early 2013, upon receiving notification that he will be a recipient of the prestigious Illinois Board of Education Nurse Educator Fellowship of nearly $10,000, Stapleton announced that he will use the grant to further his research work on improving the Emergency Department pain experience for patients. Holding a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Stapleton brings his expertise in Emergency Nursing to the classroom.
Rachel Rodriguez School of Nursing at Edgewood College Award Won: Fulbright Scholarship Awarded By: Fulbright Program - US government
As the recipient of one of the nation’s most competitive scholarships Dr. Rachel Rodriguez, associate professor in the School of Nursing at Edgewood College, is a leading educator in the nursing profession. With her 2013 Fulbright Scholarship, Rodriguez is spending the first half of the year in the African country of Malawi where she is a visiting professor at the Kamuzu College of Nursing. In addition to mentoring faculty in the impoverished nation, Rodriguez will also continue her work developing the Malawi Women’s Health Center. Her students back home at Edgewood College’s School of Nursing are sure to benefit as this distinguished professor seeks to share her passion for global health.
David Crumbley School of Nursing at Auburn University Award Won: Meritorious Service Medal Awarded By: U.S. Navy
After a 20-year career serving as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer, David Crumbley retired with the rank of commander and is now serving as assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing at Auburn University. First trained as a medic, Crumbley went on to earn his nursing degree and then a master’s from the Medical University of South Carolina. His dedication to both the nursing profession and service to the U.S. Army recently earned him the Navy’s Meritorious Service Award for “exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty.”
Faye Hummel University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing Award Won: Special Recognition Awarded By: Vietnam's Ministry of Health
University of Northern Colorado nursing professor Faye Hummel’s work has a truly far reaching impact. Hummel was recently recognized by Vietnam’s Ministry of Health for her work establishing the country’s first master’s in nursing program. Likewise, in addition to teaching and sharing experiences with her students at UNC, this stellar professor has tutored Vietnamese students in nursing for over twenty years.
Kathleen Barta Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas Award Won: Certificate of Excellence Awarded By: Association for Prevention Teaching and Excellence
A distinguished associate professor from the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas, Kathleen Barta has received national recognition for a unique course that she developed and currently teaches. This groundbreaking class focuses on health disparities, encouraging students to examine health care issues pertaining specifically to minority populations. This prolific nursing educator has also authored numerous pieces in scholarly journals as well as chapters in nursing books. Additionally, Barta has been the recipient of over fifteen grants during her successful career.
Adejoke Ayoola Calvin College Award Won: $350,000 grant Awarded By: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Specializing in pregnant women and infants, Calvin College nursing professor Adejoke Ayoola’s efforts to reduce the risks of unplanned pregnancy in low-income women recently received a boost when it was announced that she has been awarded a $350,000 grant. With the help from these funds provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Professor Ayoola will conduct a three-year study in which she will work closely with a group of women from racially diverse neighborhoods. A Nigerian native, Ayoola worked and taught in her homeland’s health care field for several years before completing her PhD in the U.S. and subsequently joining the faculty at Calvin College.
Eugenia Blomstrom University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing Award Won: Excellence in Nursing Silver Medal Awarded By: Good Samaritan Foundation
A specialist in psychiatric nursing care, University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing assistant clinical professor Eugenia Blomstrom is both a celebrated educator and an important researcher in her field. A recipient of the Good Samaritan Foundation’s Excellence in Nursing Silver Medal, Professor Blomstrom strives to instill confidence, passion, and commitment in her nursing students. She has presented her research work at conferences throughout North America.
Doris Boutain University of Washington School of Nursing Award Won: Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award Awarded By: UW Center for Health Sciences
In early 2013, University of Washington School of Nursing associate professor Doris Boutain was the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. Her recent national recognition doesn’t end there, however: Boutain also earned accolades from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and even received a thank-you letter from First Lady Michelle Obama. This leader in nursing education continues to work tirelessly in her quest to improve health and nutrition in children from vulnerable populations.
Laura Larsson Montana State University's College of Nursing Award Won: $350,000 grant Awarded By: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Montana State University College of Nursing’s Laura Larsson’s tireless work advocating for low-income Americans has resulted in substantial funding for reducing radon exposure. Larsson, who was also recently recognized by the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, received an ample $350,000 grant for her project which seeks to spread the word about the availability of subsidized radon home test kits to renters in lower income neighborhoods. This diligent nursing educator hopes her work will reduce lung cancer rates in economically disadvantaged communities.
Susan Poorman Indiana University of Pennsylvania Award Won: Award for Outstanding Leadership as a Nurse Academician Awarded By: Pennsylvania League for Nursing
As a professor of nursing and allied health at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Susan Poorman never ceases in her work to improve the educational experience for students. Her work to continually engage students, particularly those who are struggling, recently led to this outstanding professor being awarded for Outstanding Leadership as a Nurse Academician by the Pennsylvania League for Nursing. Poorman’s research and observations into nursing pedagogy have likewise been published in scholarly and academic journals.
Jeri Brandt Nebraska Wesleyan University Award Won: Outstanding Nurse Educator Award Awarded By: Nebraska Nurses Association
Nebraska Wesleyan professor Jeri Brandt was a recent recipient of the competitive Outstanding Nurse Educator award, and Professor Brandt’s career has indeed been outstanding. She has filled diverse nursing positions over the years including working as a sexual assault nurse examiner, a case manager for elderly clients receiving care at home, and a nurse consultant responsible for evaluating, and recommending appropriate treatment and placement, for the mentally ill. Brandt’s students are fortunate to benefit from this professor’s wide ranging experience.
Marylin Rantz Sinclair School of Nursing - University of Missouri Award Won: Nurse Leader in Aging Award Awarded By: American Academy of Nursing
University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing Professor Marylin Rantz is a strong advocate of improving health care for the elderly. This winner of the American Academy of Nursing’s Nurse Leader in Aging Award focuses much of her research on quality of care in long term care facilities. She is also a prolific writer and scholar on topics pertaining to pain management and recognizing illness and injury in frail patients.
Lisa Quinones Suffolk County Community College Award Won: Inspired Comfort Award Awarded By: Cherokee Nation
Professor Lisa Quinones is a continual source of inspiration for her students at Suffolk County Community College. Quinones, who calls health care “the noblest of professions,” has recently received the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award for her work improving maternity care for impoverished village women in Honduras. In 2010 alone, this dynamic professor helped to lead six medical missions in the Latin American country. Back home at the college, she motivated her nursing students to finance and create birthing kits for Honduran midwives.
Jerilyn Allen Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Award Won: Ada Sue Henshaw Award Awarded By: National Institute of Nursing Research
Nursing professor Jerilyn Allen is a key researcher in the field of cardiovascular disease. When Allen stands in front of her classes, an important message shapes her lessons: the importance of health care professionals seeing their patients first and foremost as people—with unique needs, fears, and hopes. This person-centered approach to both research and education is part of what led Allen to win the Ada Sue Henshaw Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research.
Debra Cody Clayton State University School of Nursing Award Won: Jane Van de Verde Nurse Educator Award Awarded By: Georgia Association of Nurse Educators
One of the 2013 recipients of the Jane Van de Verde Nurse Educator Award, Debra Cody, assistant professor at Clayton State University School of Nursing, has been a nurse educator for more than 35 years. In addition to teaching her nursing students, Cody serves as a mentor to new faculty members at Clayton State. In addition to her nursing credentials, this passionate educator also holds a doctoral degree.
Patrick Hickey University of South Carolina College of Nursing Award Won: John Gardner Inspirational Faculty Award Awarded By: University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina College of Nursing’s clinical assistant professor Patrick Hickey brings a vast amount of hands-on nursing experience into the classroom. In his nursing career, he has filled numerous roles— working as a surgical nurse, a Coronary Care Unit staff nurse, and a nurse manager in a level-one trauma center. Along with nursing, Hickey’s twin passion is mountain climbing, and he is the author of a recent book: “7 Summits: A Nurse's Quest to Conquer Mountaineering and Life.” It isn’t hard to see why this stellar professor recently won the John Gardner Inspirational Faculty Award.
Bonnie Molloy Fairfield University's School of Nursing Award Won: $50,000 Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded By: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation
Bonnie Molloy, a clinical faculty member at Fairfield University's School of Nursing, travels throughout the country speaking and conducting research based on her work as a nurse anesthetist. She was recently granted a $50,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation. This outstanding professor’s research is poised to change the world of surgery as her current research, which has benefited from this grant, looks at how the position of a patient during prolonged surgeries may lead to blindness.
Janet Prvu Bettger Duke University School of Nursing Award Won: Research Award Awarded By: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Janet Prvu Bettger, an assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, is the recent recipient of a coveted grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Her important research explores the process of rehabilitation and community reintegration after stroke and brain injury. Bettger’s students at Duke University benefit from her strong research methodology and evidence-based approach to nursing.
Jean Swinney University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing Award Won: $900,000 grant Awarded By: UMass Amherst School of Nursing
Jean Swinney of the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing is a professor with a mission. As an African American, Swinney is working to ensure than greater numbers of minorities are able to enter the nursing profession. Her struggles recently paid off when she received a grant of almost $900,000 to continue her endeavors. With these substantial funds, Professor Swinney will create scholarships and mentoring programs aimed at minority nursing students.
Barbara Mandleco Brigham Young University College of Nursing Award Won: Inducted as a Fellow Awarded By: National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education
Brigham Young University College of Nursing Professor Barbara Mandleco recently received the honor of being inducted as a Fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. This acclaimed scholar, who focuses much of her work on pediatric nursing, has published widely in her field. Likewise, she has done extensive work with helping families adapt to caring for children with special needs.
Laura Jannone Monmouth University Award Won: NJ State School Nurse Award Awarded By: NJ State School Nurses Association
Professor Laura Jannone received the State School Nurse Award from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association. The Association recognized her hard work and dedication to the specialty practice of school nursing. In addition, she was recognized for helping NJSSNA to support certified school nurses thereby helping students reach their maximum health and learning potential. Dr. Jannone is the coordinator of the School Nurse Program, as well as a professor and director of the nursing graduate program, one of the largest graduate programs at Monmouth University.
Janis R. Guilbeau University of Louisiana at Lafayette Award Won: Distinguished Professor Award Awarded By: UL Lafayette Foundation
Dr. Janis R. Guilbeau, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions was honored for teaching excellence by the UL Lafayette Foundation. She was one of four University of Louisiana faculty members selected as an exemplary educator. As coordinator of the Nurse Practitioner Program for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Guilbeau plays a key role in the success of the department's online programs and distance learning initiatives. Guilbeau holds the SLEMCO/Board of Regents Endowed Professorship in Nursing.
Gwendolyn George Loyola University New Orleans Award Won: Louisiana’s Nursing School Administrator of the Year Awarded By: Louisiana State Nurses Association
The Louisiana State Nurses Association has honored Gwendolyn George by naming her Nursing School Administrator of the Year. The award recognizes her work with Loyola's Doctor of Nursing Practice. Loyola University's DNP program, coordinated by George, is the first in the state of Louisiana and ranked in the top six online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Pamela Mitchell University of Washington School of Nursing Award Won: Katharine A. Lembright Award Awarded By: American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
School of Nursing Professor and Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell has been selected for the highest award of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. Mitchell is the first nurse scientist working with stroke survivors to receive the Katharine A. Lembright Award. The award recognizes and encourages excellence in cardiovascular research by established nurse scientists. It is named in honor of  the American Heart Association’s assistant director for nursing from 1960-81, who played an important role in the development and growth of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.
Renee McLeod-Sordjan Pace University Award Won: Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awarded By: American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The annual AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. The award for clinical teaching was given to Renee McLeod-Sordjan, Assistant Clinical Professor of the graduate department of the College of Health Professions, Leinhard School of Nursing. McLeod-Sordjan is a board certified family nurse practitioner who has devoted sixteen years in practice to providing primary and gynecological care to underinsured and underserved clients.
Lillie Shortridge-Baggett Pace University Award Won: Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award Awarded By: Eastern Nursing Research Society
The Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to nursing research by a Senior Investigator. Dr. Lillie Shortridge-Baggett, EdD, RN, FAAN, was honored with this award by the Eastern Nursing Research Society at their 25th Annual Scientific Sessions and gala celebration. ENRS bestows this honor on nurse researchers who have shown sustained leadership in promoting health through nursing science. Dr. Shortridge-Baggett is a founding member and first President of ENRS.
Lori McElroy University of Oklahoma Award Won: "Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award " Awarded By: American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing selected Lori McElroy as its 2012 Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award winner. McElroy is the only nurse educator nationally to receive the award. "Assistant Professor McElroy's innovative teaching has helped her students succeed and advance health care throughout the state by ensuring a nursing workforce who are leaders in patient-centered care," said Lazelle Benefield, dean of the OU College of Nursing. Lori McElroy brings a combination of versatility, computer technology, organization, innovation and experience in both traditional and online classrooms. She provides a variety of successful learning environments and experiences which impacted more than 400 students.
"Betty Kupperschmidt " University of Oklahoma Award Won: Excellence in Nursing Award Awarded By: Oklahoma Nurses Association
Associate Professor Betty Kupperschmidt was honored with the Oklahoma Nurses Association Excellence in Nursing Award. The ONA gives this special recognition to a member who has developed an innovative, unique and creative approach that uses nursing theory and knowledge/skills in any practice setting. At the awards ceremony, Kupperschmidt was lauded for her contributions to nursing education as well as her re-envisioning of the nurse manager role. Throughout her career she has mentored hundreds of nurses and has worked tirelessly to elevate the profession through her teachings and writings.
Suzanne Dickerson UB School of Nursing Award Won: Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Awarded By: University of Buffalo Graduate School
Suzanne Dickerson, the 2003 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, was honored again in March 2013 with the UB Graduate School Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in faculty mentoring of graduate students. Dr. Dickerson was chosen for exhibiting truly outstanding and sustained support of graduate students from course completion through research and career placement.
Mary Lou Sole University of Central Florida Award Won: Researcher of the Year Award Awarded By: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists honored Mary Lou Sole, with its Researcher of the Year Award. In presenting the award, Carol Manchester, president of the association said “Dr. Sole has made exceptional contributions to the body of knowledge of nursing science. Her work has improved the outcomes of numerous patients and she continues to mentor future CNS researchers.” In over 30 years of exemplary nursing and teaching Dr. Sole has many earned awards. In 2010, the American Association of Critical-Care Nursing named her Distinguished Research Lecturer.
Carole A. Anderson Ohio State University College of Nursing Award Won: Sister Bernadette Armiger Award Awarded By: American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Dr. Carole A. Anderson, former dean and professor emeritus at the Ohio State University College of Nursing has been honored with the Sister Bernadette Armiger Award. This prestigious award was established in 1982 to honor Sr. Bernadette Armiger's distinguished service to American Association of Colleges of Nursing. This award recognizes individuals who significantly advance nursing education and practice giving national recognition for significant contributions to nursing education, scholarship, leadership, and advancement of the nursing profession.
Donna McCarthy Ohio State University College of Nursing Award Won: Senior Scientist Award Awarded By: Midwest Nursing Research Society
The Midwest Nursing Research Society recently recognized Dr. Donna McCarthy as a 2013 Senior Scientist, for her work on the biology of sickness symptoms. Dr. McCarthy is the principal investigator of an interdisciplinary team that recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate fatigue in cancer patients. The Senior Scientist Recognition Program is an honor bestowed by the Society for scholarly achievement and mentorship.
Joanne Singleton Pace University Award Won: Nursing Excellence Awards Awarded By: Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum
Every year Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum asks readers to nominate exceptional colleagues for its Nursing Excellence program. From thousands of entries Joanne Singleton was selected for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Dr. Singleton helped launch Pace University's first DNP program, guiding the first class of 20 students through the experience. In November 2012 she was inducted as a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Anna Gawlinski UCLA School of Nursing Award Won: California Nursing Excellence Awarded By: UCLA School of Nursing
Anna Gawlinski has been recognized as a tireless advocate for nursing practice research. She was a standout in the award category for Education and Mentorship because of her role as mentor in a study of heart transplant patients. "After observing the loneliness and depression that often accompanies weeks or months while waiting for a heart transplant, the study resulted in positive therapeutic effects associated with pet therapy."
Deborah Koniak-Griffin UCLA School of Nursing Award Won: Pathfinder Award Awarded By: Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research have honored Deborah Koniak-Griffinwith the prestigious Pathfinder Award. The award recognizes a nurse researcher whose work has focused on advancing deep understanding of human health and health care. In commenting on the award, Courtney H. Lyder, Dean of the UCLA School of Nursing said "Her work with vulnerable populations has advanced health promotion across the nation.  We are very proud of our colleague and her contributions."
Kathleen Puntillo University of California Award Won: Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award Awarded By: American Association of Critical Care Nurses
For the last 25 years Kathleen Puntillo has focused her research on the assessment and treatment of pain in critically ill patients. Her consistent and exceptional contributions were recently honored by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career recognizes a distinguished lifetime career and its significant impact on fulfilling the AACN mission and enhancing the care of acute and critically ill patients and their families.
Victoria L. Champion Indiana University Award Won: International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Awarded By: Sigma Theta Tau International
Victoria L. Champion will be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The induction will take place at STTI’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress in Prague 22-26 July 2013. The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it.
Margarett Alexandre City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center Award Won: Jonas Nurse Scholar Awarded By: Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was created to support educational development of new nursing faculty and address the limited supply of nurses with doctorates. Margarett Alexandre has consistently been recognized as an outstanding member of her community. Because of her strong ties to Haiti Ms. Alexandre’s dissertation will focus on the psychological and physical effects of the earthquake on selected samples of the Haitian people.
Jemma Ayvazian Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Award Won: Bob Woodruff Foundation-Jonas Nurse Scholars Awarded By: Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Jemma Ayvazian ANP-BC, a student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Johns Hopkins University, has dedicated her professional life to supporting veterans. She has been named the 2013 Bob Woodruff Foundation-Jonas Nurse Scholar. Ayvazian is focusing on an integrated care model for veterans returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. “Perhaps at no other time in history have veterans’ needs been greater,” said the Jonas Center in announcing the grant.
Patricia S. Yoder-Wise Texas Tech University School of Nursing Award Won: Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education Awarded By: National League for Nursing
The National League for Nursing has honored Patricia Yoder-Wise with the NLN Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education. It recognizes her leadership through every facet of nursing education: scholarship, administration, in the classroom and on the lecture circuit, and through her extensive impact on nursing education policy.
Kristin Ashford University of Kentucky College of Nursing Award Won: Start for Mothers and Newborns grant Awarded By: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
Kirstin Ashford, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, recently received a four-year Start for Mothers and Newborns grant from the Center for Medicare Medicaid Innovation, titled "EMPOWR: Efforts to Maximize Perinatal Outcomes in Women at Risk." With this award Ashford and her colleagues will use an innovative group prenatal care approach that empowers women to take an active role in their prenatal care. The goal is designed to improve perinatal outcomes and reduce the incidence of preterm birth. Dr. Ashford was named the 2010 Nurse Researcher of the Year by the Kentucky Nurses Association Nursing Education and Research Cabinet.
Sarah Farrell University of Virginia School of Nursing Award Won: Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator Award Awarded By: Elsevier
Sarah Farrell, associate professor in the University of Virginia's School of Nursing is known for involving students in research and has inspired many to pursue advanced degrees. Farrell was awarded the first Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator Award. This prestigious award recognizes her exceptional skills, innovation and effectiveness in promoting student learning, professionalism and self-confidence and in integrating technology in the classroom.
Mary Brucker Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing Award Won: Hattie Hemschemeyer Award Awarded By: American College of Nurse-Midwives
Mary Brucker, Ph.D has won a prestigious award that honors exceptional midwifes for the contributions they have made to the field either by distinguished service, developing and advancing the field or both. The Hattie Hemschemeyer Award is only given out to one midwife annually, and in many ways is considered a professional lifetime achievement award. Brucker is only the 36th midwife to receive the award given by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Earlier this year, Brucker was also chosen to be editor of the Nursing for Women's Health journal, that has a circulation of more the 25,000 nurses in obstetrics, neonatology and women's health.
Mary Quinn Griffin Case Western Reserve University Award Won: Academy of Nursing Education Fellow Awarded By: National League for Nursing
Associate Professor and Institutional Researcher Mary Quinn Griffin, PhD, RN, was inducted into the National League for Nursing 2012 Academy of Nursing Education Fellows. With this award she joins the ranks of other distinguished nurse educators who have made contributions to advancing excellence in nursing education through innovative teaching, research and academic leadership.