Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award 


The Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award honors an individual for his or her innovative and cutting-edge work in the field of nursing informatics. The individual’s work must have resulted in a significant development and sustained contributions to advance the discipline of nursing informatics. The individual’s work also must achieve a recognizable and momentous public benefit. 

This award will be presented during STTI’s biennial convention, and the recipient will be invited to present an abbreviated presentation of his or her work during a concurrent session. A US $500 stipend and a commemorative award will be given to the recipient.

The award will become permanently endowed and offer a notable stipend in the future through Dr. Saba’s planned gift to the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing. Donors may contribute directly to this award by contacting the Foundation for Nursing.

Past Award Recipients


2015 Award Recipient

Roy L. Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN
Vice President Nursing - Cerner Corporation 
Clinical Professor - Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Georgia, USA
Honorary Member

Dr. Simpson is Clinical Professor Emory University and Vice President, Nursing Cerner Corporation.  As doctoral faculty and Cerner executive, he provides applied informatics leadership in academe and industry. Thirty-five plus years of experience pioneering nursing informatics and senior executive administration, he authored over 500 articles, books, and chapters. In 1982, primary executive research focus initiated funding of Werley and Lang Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS). In the 80’s his partnership with industry initiatives developed a cadre of informatics scholars. With fellowship in American Academy of Nursing, New York Academy of Medicine, Simpson sits on boards for University of Minnesota, Emory University, Nurses Educational Foundation and PediaQ. He serves ANA, AONE and AMIA on committees. Dr. Simpson received his doctorate in nursing practice-executive leadership at American Sentinel University. Dr. Simpson’s research focused on informatics’ competencies for CNE in multihospital systems resulting in social media and e-communications in a technology rich environment.

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