Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award 


This award is named in honor of Amy J. Berman, BS, RN, for her valuable contributions to and influence in the geriatric nursing community. Designed to celebrate the accomplishments of an emerging nurse leader, the Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated intentional leadership in advancing the care of older adults.

The nurse leader selected has demonstrated contributions to collaborative practice through involvement in inter-professional teams and defined commitment to gerontological nursing. Articulating impact via policy, advanced practice, system change, and advocacy is an important part of this leader’s experience.

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Past Award Recipients


2015 Award Recipient

Nancy E. Edwards, PhD, MSN, BSN, ANP-BC
Associate Professor, Director of Primary Care AGNP Program
Purdue University School of Nursing
Indiana, USA
Delta Omicron Chapter #109

Dr. Edwards, an Associate Professor at Purdue University, directs and teaches in the Adult Gerontology NP Program. She has practiced in the field of gerontology over 30 years. She has an active clinical practice in a Federally Qualified Health Clinic where she precepts NP students. She is instrumental in enhancing geriatric content within the Adult Gerontology NP program and implementing interprofessional education in the field of geriatrics. She has received federal grants to promote geriatric education and to obtain traineeships. Her research focuses on developing effective non-pharmacologic care protocols for older adults with neuroprogressive diseases. She implements interventions such as environmental enrichment utilizing Animal Assisted therapy and chair-based exercise programs among frail persons with dementia in both community and institutional settings. She is developing care guidelines to differentiate the needs of caregivers/patients with various types of dementia. She has numerous research and clinical publications in the area of gerontology.

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