Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award 


Funded by individual contributions to the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing’s Leadership Fund, the Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award was established through an anonymous planned gift to the Foundation capable of permanently endowing this award in Dr. Pesut’s honor. The US $2,500 stipend is awarded to one nurse leader whose efforts to renew self and others exemplify purposeful reflection in practice, mindful understanding of human interrelationships, and display an appreciative, futuristic vision for the practice of nursing.

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2015 Award Recipient

Safiya George Dalmida, PhD RN APRN-BC
Associate Professor – University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing
Adjunct Faculty - Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Alabama and Georgia, USA
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Dr. George Dalmida is a leading researcher in religion and health research among people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Her program of research focuses on the intersections between religion/spirituality and psychosocial health and function in the context of HIV and HIV risk among adults and adolescents. She is the leading nursing faculty at Emory University involved in the university-wide, Religion and Public Health Collaborative; part of the larger Religion and Human Spirit Initiative. Overall, her research program focuses on vulnerable populations and the intersection between religion and health. She has a chapter on religion's role in the HIV epidemic in a recent book, Religion as a Social Determinant of Health (Oxford University Press, 2014).  She is an advanced nurse practitioner and primarily teaches NP students and treats uninsured patients in the Latino community in greater Atlanta. She also mentors undergraduate and graduate students and faculty locally and internationally.

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