NLN Announces NLN Award Winners

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NLN Announces NLN Award Winners

Named Awards Honor Historic Figures in Nursing Education
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing NLN Awards, named for three luminaries in nursing education, will be presented at the 2021 NLN Education Summit, part of a special Honors Convocation. The annual NLN Awards honor individuals and organizations of stature and distinction within nursing education and the wider field of American health care.

“The NLN Awards are always a highlight of the Honors Convocation, and this year, we’re thrilled to celebrate these honorees before admiring colleagues and friends,” said NLN Chair Dr. Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “Our gratitude goes as well to the dedicated individuals on the NLN Awards Committee who choose the most deserving winners from a competitive field.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “I extend congratulations to the 2021 winners and look forward to honoring tihs group of such extraordinary, inspiring individuals whose awards truly reflect the legacies of their namesakes.”

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

Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN

Dr. Patricia Sharpnack is Dean and Strawbridge Professor at Ursuline College, The Breen School of Nursing and Health Professions. She holds leadership and board positions on several regulatory bodies, health care agencies, and professional organizations at the regional, national and international levels. She sits on the Ohio Board of Nursing as past president and current supervisory member and nursing education chair, is a NCSBN delegate, a member of the NLN Residency Task Force, NLN Grant Review Panel, and an NLN Ambassador. Previously, she served as an inaugural member of the NLN CNEA Pre-Accreditation Committee. Dr. Sharpnack is a TeamSTEPPS Master Team Trainer and member of the Advisory Board to the American Hospital Association. She is on the editorial board and reviewer for several refereed journals and has extensively published and presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Sharpnack is a Fellow in both the Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing.

The NLN Isabel Hampton Robb Award
For Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice

Jean Ann Davison, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

As an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, School of Nursing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dr. Jean Ann Davison teaches DNP and MSN courses, including Enhanced Role RN Physical Assessment of Adults and STD Training. She completed her MSN/ FNP education in 2000 at UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a DNP at Duke University in 2012. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Davison has practiced in federal qualified community health centers, providing access to care for all since 2000 and is the National Health Service Corps Ambassador to UNC. Presently, she leads FNP and is co-director of the UNC SON Mobile Health Clinic. Additionally, she is the president of Compassion Med International, which supports health outreaches around the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Davison has volunteered with the NC Farmworkers Health Program, screening and vaccinating these essential workers.

The NLN Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award

Sheila Davis, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Sheila Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of Partners in Health (PIH), a nonprofit social justice global health organization that brings the benefits of modern medical science to impoverished communities in 11 countries. With a staff of over 19,000, PIH works to ensure that the universal human right to quality health care is achieved. Dr. Davis has a long history of serving the poor and marginalized, starting with her work with the HIV/AIDS community in the 1980s, both in the U.S. and abroad. For more than 15 years, she was a clinician in the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, and for the past decade has held multiple cross-site roles at Partners in Health, including that of Chief of the Ebola Response, Chief of Clinical Operations, and Chief Nursing Officer.
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