Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award Recipient
Rita M. LaReau, MSN, GNP, BC
Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (Retired 2013)
Coordinator, NICHE (Nurses Improving Care of Health System Elders) Program
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Upsilon Epsilon Chapter #459
Rita LaReau is an ANCC Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She embodies the spirit of this award as an emerging nurse leader who has made significant contributions to the health care of older adults through exemplary vision, influence, critical thinking, communication and role modeling. She is considered a trailblazer who gives pragmatic yet visionary guidance. Ms. LaReau's leadership of interprofessional teams, clinical expertise, and mentorship of nursing students and peers have positively influenced geriatric care across the health care continuum. She is a published author, mentor, and resource on geriatric nursing care issues.