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2018 NLN Award Winners

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Congratulations to all 2018 NLN Award Winners


NLN Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education


Greer Glazer, PhD, RN, CNP, FAAN

Dean, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Schmidlapp Professor of Nursing

Greer Glazer is dean of the College of Nursing and associate vice president for Health Affairs at the University of Cincinnati. A nationally recognized leader in nursing education, Dr. Glazer has a strong history of developing community, national and international partnerships, and securing federal funding for nursing research, scholarship, and program implementation. In recognition for her work as researcher, educator, and health care leader, Dr. Glazer has received significant honors and awards. In 2017, she received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award for Administrators. This is the only national award that honors college and university administrators for their commitment to diversity through leadership, and for giving back to their campus and community. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Michigan, and a master's and PhD degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University.

NLN Isabel Hampton Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice


Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP 

Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Nursing

Dr. Soltis-Jarrett is the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has demonstrated leadership in nursing education, clinical practice and scholarship for over 30 years and has developed a robust and sustainable program of nursing scholarship that focuses on advancing the role of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP). She has been awarded over $7 million in federal, state and regional funding to increase access to quality mental health services by recruiting, educating and placing PMHNPs in underserved, rural, and remote regions in North Carolina where there are gaps in specialty psychiatric services. Dr. Soltis-Jarrett's program also focuses on promoting integrated behavioral health care in rural, underserved primary care settings. The program is currently testing a NP-Led Practice Model for empowering interprofessional health care teams to screen, assess and manage common behavioral health and substance use disorders in rural and remote, underserved communities in North Carolina.

NLN Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award


Sonda Oppewal, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC

Associate Professor Public Health and Community Practice, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Dr. Sonda Oppewal has a distinguished career as nursing educator, administrator, and scholar. She loves working with diverse and vulnerable populations, teaching public health nursing, and promoting academic and community partnerships. In 2017, she received the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of North Carolina (UNC) APPLES Service Learning program. She has given numerous volunteer hours to the American Public Health Association, most recently serving for six years on APHA's Education Board. In Kenya, she had the privilege of collaborating with colleagues to co-lead a Train the Trainer Faculty Development Workshop that later was used across the country. Moreover, she recognizes the need to improve health and health equity in her local community and state. As a result of her leadership, numerous UNC interdisciplinary students have a better understanding of the social determinants of health after participating in immersive service learning trips to rural North Carolina and the Gulf Coast.

Dr. Oppewal earned a BSN from Florida State University, a master's degree in community health nursing and a PhD in nursing from the University of Virginia.