UCLA's Inaugural Nurse 21 Awards to Honor Champions of Nursing
A nurse-leader recognized as one of the top 25 women in healthcare, a New York Times Web
columnist, the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and the creator of the nonprofit
Nurseâ€“Family Partnership are among the diverse champions of nursing who will be honored by the
UCLA School of Nursing at its first Nurse 21 Awards ceremony on May 12 at the London Hotel in
The event coincides with National Nurse Week and occurs on the anniversary of the birthday of
The profession of nursing has evolved significantly in recent years; and the UCLA School of
Nursing, in establishing the new awards, hopes to highlight this transformation to raise awareness of the
value of nursing to society and to continue to redefine nursing for the 21st century, said the
schoolâ€™s dean, Courtney H. Lyder.
â€œTodayâ€™s nurses are researchers, scholars, advocates, incredible clinicians, administrators
and healers,â€• Lyder said. â€œThe individuals we are honoring with the inaugural Nurse 21 Awards are
leading the transformation of nursing in ways that are making an immeasurable impact on the health of
our nation and of the world.â€•
Linda Burnes Bolton, who was recently named one of the â€œTop 25 Women in Healthcareâ€• by
Modern Healthcare magazine, will be the eventâ€™sÂ keynote speaker and will also receive this
yearâ€™s Nurse 21 Leadership Award.
Bolton is vice chairÂ of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at
the National Academiesâ€™ Institute of Medicine. She serves as vice president for nursing, chief nursing
officer and director of nursing research at Cedarsâ€“Sinai Medical Center and is a past president of
the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association.
Other awards recipients include:Media Advocacy Award â€“ Theresa Brown is an oncology nurse
at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centerâ€™s Shadyside Hospital and a writer whose book Critical
Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life and Everything in Between chronicles the challenges facing a
first-year nurse. Brown is also a regular contributor to â€œWell,â€• the New York Times health blog.
Global | International Award â€“ Martha Hill, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of
Nursing, is well known for developing and testing strategies to improve hypertension care and control
among underserved urban African Americans, particularly young men. She is a fellow of the American
Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. From 1997
to 1998, she was the first non-physician to serve as president of the American Heart Association.
Community Award â€“ In 1970, David Olds began to develop a nurse home-visitation model
designed to help young women take better care of themselves and their babies. Nearly 30 years later,
with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others, the â€œOldsâ€• model has
blossomed into the Nurseâ€“Family Partnership, a nonprofit organization serving more than 20,000
mothers in 20 states across the U.S.
Corporation | Foundation Award â€“ The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursingâ€™s Future is
a $50 million, multi-yearÂ national initiative designed to enhance the image of the nursing profession,
recruit new nurses and nurse faculty, and help retain nurses currently in the profession. Launched in
February 2002, the campaign works in cooperation with professional nursing organizations, schools,
hospitals and other healthcare organizations to promote opportunities in nursing and increase
awareness of the value of the nursing profession to our society and Americaâ€™s healthcare community.
In addition, the Nurse 21 Awards will honor three of UCLAâ€™s nurse leaders: Lorraine Evangilista
and Rosemary Carroll-Nash, selected as 2011 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees, and Alison C. Wagnor, a
masterâ€™s entry clinical nurse student who will be honored as an â€œemerging leader.â€•
The UCLA School of Nursing is redefining nursing through the pursuit of uncompromised
excellence in research, education, practice, policy and patient advocacy. Rated among the nationâ€™s
top nursing schools by U.S. News & World Report, the school also is ranked No. 7 in nursing research
funded by the National Institutes of Health and No. 1 in NIH stimulus funding. In 2009â€“10, the school
received $18 million in total research grant funding and was awarded 26 faculty research grants. The
school offers programs for the undergraduate (B.S.), postgraduate (M.S.N. and M.E.C.N.) and doctoral
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