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International Awards for Nursing Excellence

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Past Award Recipients

2015 Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children Recipient

Azza H. Ahmed, DNSc, IBCLC, CPNP

Associate Professor Purdue University School of Nursing Indiana, USA Delta Omicron #109

Dr. Ahmed is a practitioner, teacher and researcher. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with 25 years of experience in breastfeeding research. Dr. Ahmed received her Bachelor in Nursing, MSN, and DNS from the Faculty of Nursing, Cairo University and completed her Post-Master certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Purdue University School of Nursing. Dr. Ahmed’s research focus is on promoting breastfeeding among vulnerable populations including low income mothers. Dr. Ahmed has been actively involved in advancing lactation research and promoting breastfeeding among vulnerable populations since 1990. She has published her work in scholarly peer reviewed journals and presented her work nationally and internationally. Dr. Ahmed received several grants to support her research and is actively involved in interdisciplinary breastfeeding research teams. She is an active member in several national and international professional organizations such as MNRS, STTI and ILCA.

2015 Clinical Partnership Award Recipient

Academic Health or Medical Center Category
University of Louisville Hospital - KentuckyOne Health

Kentucky, USA

University of Louisville Hospital - KentuckyOne Health (ULH), a 432-bed academic medical center in Louisville, Kentucky, serves primarily low-income, minority, and under-served clients. Low health literacy disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations. The ULH Chief Nursing Officer supported two ULH nurse leaders to participate in the STTI Maternal-Child Nurse Leadership Academy.  The Academy positioned the nurse leaders to create processes and outcomes that improved care of patients with low health literacy. Steps of the project included:

     1) Review of health literacy standards;
     2) Formation of an infrastructure to review and develop patient education materials;
     3) Assessment of literacy level and learning preferences of patients;
     4) Education to improve skills of nurses as patient teachers.

Intermediate outcomes included dissemination of manuscripts and professional development of the nurse leaders. The primary outcome, patient satisfaction with nurse communication, improved from 75.9% to 84.6%, and satisfaction with discharge information improved from 84.6% to 98.6%. 

2015 Edith Moore Copeland Award for Excellence in Creativity (Founders Award) Recipient

Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN

Professor Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Maryland, USA Nu Beta Chapter #312

Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN. Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. Dr. Glass conducts community-based interventions with diverse populations across multiple domestic and global settings. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple multidisciplinary studies in the US, DR Congo, Somalia, and South Sudan to test employment, economic empowerment and safety interventions to improve the health of survivors of gender-based violence and their families.

2015 Helen Henry Excellence of Care Award Recipients

(Left - Right) Joanna Hudak, Elizabeth Ryland, Danyale Davis

Danyale Marie Davis, BSN, RN, PCCN

Registered Nurse Sentara Healthcare Virginia, USA

Danyale Davis graduated with her baccalaureate degree from Old Dominion University and has practiced nursing for nearly ten years. She began her nursing career in the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) where she obtained professional certification as a progressive care certified nurse (PCCN). Working in the IMCU setting facilitated the foundation for her passion to focus and improve on patient safety outcomes. The transportation diagram that was developed and adapted system wide was a genuine example of interdisciplinary collaboration between nursing and respiratory care and has been recognized in Sentara Leigh‘s “Journey to Magnet Excellence.” She has also worked on various collaborative teams focusing on improving patient safety outcomes as well as chaired a committee to streamline practices in the IMCU setting across the healthcare systems twelve hospitals. Danyale currently works as a staff nurse with the Sentara Systemwide Resource Pool and travels within each of the hospitals in the IMCU setting.

Joanna M Hudak, MS, RRT, NPS

Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Diagnostics Manager Sentara Healthcare Virginia, USA

Joanna Hudak is the Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Diagnostics manager at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA; she has over 25 years of experience in respiratory care. Joanna earned her baccalaureate degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse NY in 1992. She earned a Master’s degree in management from Troy State University in 2001. She is credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care as a registered respiratory therapist and a respiratory neonatal pediatric specialist. Joanna currently serves on the advisory board for the Tidewater community college respiratory therapy program college. She currently focuses within Sentara Healthcare on streamlining respiratory practice across the system. She was recently selected to be the project manager for the final phase of Sentara Leigh’s building renovation project. In her tenure with Sentara Healthcare she has received professional excellence and quality excellence awards for her work.

Elizabeth M. Ryland, BA, RRT

Clinical Respiratory Specialist Sentara Leigh Hospital Virginia, USA

Elizabeth Ryland graduated from Tidewater Community College with an Associates Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy and has been a staff respiratory therapist at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia since 1991. She obtained her baccalaureate degree from Virginia Wesleyan College in Business with special focus in Management and Economics. She was appointed as Clinical Specialist for Respiratory Care in 2000. She served as District Director and Vice President for the Virginia Society for Respiratory Care and participated in the initiative for Respiratory state licensure in Virginia. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Tidewater Community College respiratory therapy program. Her most recent work has been focused on inter-professional education of registered nurses and respiratory therapists using state of the art critical care simulation as well as airway safety and transportation of respiratory compromised patients. This work was highlighted in Sentara Leigh Hospital's "Journey to Magnet Excellence".

2015 Hester C. Klopper Global Health Award Recipient

Rho Delta Chapter #410

Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery Pakistan

The Rho Delta Chapter has been working to fulfill the mission of STTI since its chartering in 2000. During the 2013-2015 biennium, Rho Delta Chapter held various activities intended to address disparities in global health, including initiatives at orphanages, daycare centers, and child rehabilitative centers of Karachi, Pakistan, and initiatives to support breastfeeding. The chapter also conducted an innovative immunization quiz show, outreach to local populations to promote awareness, and achieved recognition as venue for providing polio vaccine to people wanting to travel outside of Pakistan.

2015 Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice (Founders Award) Recipient

Judith E. Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN

The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing New York University, College of Nursing New York, USA Upsilon Chapter #018 Alpha Omega Chapter #046

Dr. Judith Haber, the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing at NYU College of Nursing, is an internationally recognized leader in psychiatric-mental health nursing, evidence-based practice, interprofessional education and practice and oral-systemic health. She is the Executive Director of a national oral health initiative, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) and the HRSA funded initiative, Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH) designed to advance a national nursing and interprofessional oral health agenda. Dr. Haber has received numerous awards including Distinguished Alumna Awards from Adelphi and New York University, the APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award, and the ANA Hildegarde Peplau Award. Dr. Haber is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Haber is internationally recognized for her landmark textbook, Comprehensive Psychiatric Nursing and currently for the award winning textbook, Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-based Practice, as well as more than 100 articles and book chapters.

2015 Practice Academe Innovative Collaboration Award Recipient

Interdisciplinary Healthcare Education Partnership

Alberta Health Services MacEwan University NorQuest College Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Provincial Health Services Authority University of Alberta Alberta, Canada

The Interdisciplinary Health Education Partnership (IHEP) is an inter-institutional, interprofessional team comprised of healthcare simulation specialists and interprofessional education experts from both clinical practice and academic settings in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Over the past seven years, IHEP members have successfully developed, implemented, and evaluated multi-modal interprofessional simulations (SIM-IPE) for pre-licensure learners at HELP! Save Stan Saturday (SSS). This annual IPE event offers learners a full day of interprofessional team-based scenarios focused on increasing interprofessional competence. IHEP, through the implementation of SSS, has developed capacity for SIM-IPE in faculty and clinical instructors and successfully provided pre-licensure health science students the opportunity to increase IP competence. Moreover, this partnership has resulted in significant enrichment of SIM-IPE in the nursing and non-nursing simulation practice communities locally and across Canada. Academic and clinical practice members comprise: MacEwan University, Norquest College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services Provincial Health Authority.

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