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2015 Nursing Recognition Day Award Winners

The United States Public Health Nursing Professional Advisory Committee (N-PAC) would like to acknowledge the recipients of the 2015 awards recognized at the annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium in Atlanta.  Each recipient demonstrates resourcefulness and dedication to the mission of the Public Health Service and adds immense value to the art and science of nursing.  These awards collectively recognize nurses whose professional and technical skills and competence continue to raise the quality of nursing. Please join us in honoring these outstanding nurses!

The three Publication Awards are presented annually to DHHS Commissioned Corps, Civil Service, or Tribal Direct Hire nurses who have either authored publications in the past two years or recently had work accepted for publication.

  • The RADM Faye G. Abdellah Publication Award for Nursing Research recognizes publications that stimulate the development of nursing knowledge and practice through scientific investigation and research. There was a tie for the 2015 award. Carey F. McCarthy, PhD, MPH, was presented the award for the publication, “Development of a Framework to Measure Health Profession Regulation Strengthening.LCDR Amy R. Kolwaite, ARNP, MS, MPH, was presented the award for the publication, “Assessing Functional Needs Sheltering in Pike County, KY: Using a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response.”

 

  • The RADM O. Marie Henry Publication Award for Clinical Nursing Practice recognizes publications that describe clinical nursing practice such as observations or trends in clinical nursing, clinical nursing research, or current issues in clinical practice. The 2015 award was presented to Mary Myers, RN, MSN, PCCN & Ellen J. Eckes, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CCRN, for the publication, “A Novel Approach to Pain Management in Persons with Sickle Cell Disease.”

 

  • The RADM Julia R. Plotnick Publication Award for Health/Nursing Policy recognizes publications that inform and educate consumers and/or health care practitioners about significant health related issues. The 2015 award was presented to Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP, for the publication, “A Conceptual Model of the Role of Complexity in the Care of Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions.”

 

The Minnigerode Awards for Nursing Excellence (MANE) are presented annually to DHHS Commissioned Corps, Civil Service, or Tribal Direct Hire nurses who demonstrate outstanding nursing contributions with measurable benefits through innovation and creativity. The following awards were presented this year:

  • The McLaughlin Award for Clinical Services recognizes a nurse who demonstrates exemplary leadership and skill resulting in noteworthy accomplishments as a clinician over a period of time focusing on the timely and ethical delivery of health care in a direct care setting. The 2015 award was presented to CDR Grace E. McAtasney, RN, MSN, for her work in establishing and maintaining a Peripheral Inserted Central Line Program for Northern Navajo Medical Center.

 

  • The Hanzel Award for Administrative Activities recognizes a nurse who demonstrates exemplary leadership as a nurse executive resulting in noteworthy accomplishments. The 2015 award was presented to LT Elizabeth Fleischer for her dedication to the Corps and Nation through commitment to excellence and mission as a Nurse Informaticist at the Defense Health Agency.

 

  • The Petry Leone Award for Health Promotion and Education is awarded for exemplary leadership resulting in noteworthy accomplishments in patient/client or professional education, which informs and educates consumers and/or health care practitioners about significant health related issues and promotes healthy lifestyles. The 2015 award was presented to CAPT Moira G. McGuire for distinguished leadership of the Sexual Health & Intimacy Service increasing access to sexual health care for over 500 Warrior Clinic patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

 

  • The Hasselmeyer Award for Research Initiatives is awarded for exemplary leadership resulting in noteworthy accomplishments in conducting nursing research and clinical investigation which stimulates the development of new knowledge and practice in nursing and/or the health professions. The 2015 was presented to CDR Nicole Knight, DrPH, MSN, FNP-BC,  for conducting a study in efforts of improving HIV testing and to better understand inmates’ perceptions regarding testing to help guide HIV testing policies and procedures.

 

  • The Gregg Group Award for Teamwork is awarded for exemplary leadership contributions by a team of nurses resulting in noteworthy accomplishments and positive outcomes towards the attainment of PHS goals. The 2015 award was presented to the Monrovia Medical Unit Team 1 Nurses for exemplary teamwork, dedication, and leadership in establishing the Monrovia Medial Unit and delivering excellent nursing care in support of the Commissioned Corps Ebola Response. Team members include: CDR Alexis Mosquera (Chief Nurse), CAPT Angel Rivasrivera, CDR James Blankenship, CDR Michelle Braun, CDR Paul Garny, CDR Melissa Hulett, CDR Jonathan Lewis, CDR Jenny Mohon, LCDR Jose Burgos, LCDR Paul Nordstrom, LT Mark Arena, LT Michelle Holshue, LT Jason Kopera, LT Jesus Reyna, LT Christopher Snyder, LT Trisha Wright, LTJG Victoria D’Addeo, LTJG Lauren Ryszka, LTJG Timothy Schmidt and LTJG Chelsea True.

 

  • The Nurse Responder of the Year Award, established in 2005, acknowledges active duty, retired, and Inactive Reserve Corps nurse officers in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) who have made outstanding achievements and contributions in emergency preparedness and disaster response to national or international public health threats.  The 2015 award was presented to CDR Rebecca S. Noe MN, MPH, FNP-BC, for her career contributions in emergency response; improved disaster nursing practice within American Red Cross and leadership in a CDC disaster mortality surveillance initiative.

 

  • The Lucille Woodville Award was established as a memorial to the professional career of Lucille Woodville, who began her illustrious career in the Indian Health Service in 1956. This award honors a nurse midwife or a maternal/child health nurse whose work has resulted in significant contribution to the health and well-being of mothers and newborns; outstanding contributions in improving maternal/child health; and/or commitment of time and skills in the clinical setting, or may be in the design, implementation and/or management of innovative maternal/child health programs. The 2015 award was presented to LT Jenna Meyer, BSN, RNC, IBCLC, for her work to increase breastfeeding rates and develop community resources and support for mothers on the Hopi reservation.