UCLA School of Nursing’s Laura Perry Receives Honor Society of Nursing’s 2011 Nursing Media Award

(LOS ANGELES – November 2, 2011) — The UCLA School of Nursing is pleased to announce that Laura Perry, director of communications, has been named a 2011 Nursing Media Award winner by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). The Media Awards recognize and salute communicators, information specialists, photo journalists and creative individuals and groups who have pursued excellence in communicating nursing’s rich and diverse stories and in sharing nursing’s knowledge with the nursing community or general public.

“Ms. Perry’s commitment to nursing curricula and her creative approach to improving the quality and safety of patient care are admirable,” said STTI President Karen H. Morin, DSN, RN, ANEF.

“Laura’s vision and expertise in promoting the rich depth and range of nursing has been a tremendous benefit to the UCLA School of Nursing – and to the nursing industry itself – as we work to reimagine and redefine nursing for the 21st century,” said Courtney Lyder, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. “Her creative and thoughtful work is helping to communicate and illuminate this transformation and to raise awareness of the value of nursing to society.” Perry is an award-winning public relations executive and has been working in healthcare public relations for over 20 years. She joined the UCLA School of Nursing in a newly created role in 2009. She is also past president of the PRSA Health Academy.

Perry will receive the award at the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 41st Biennial Convention in Grapevine, Texas, October 29 – November 2.

About UCLA School of Nursing
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 nation’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 2009–10, 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 (Ph.D.) student. For more news visit the UCLA Newsroom and UCLA News|Week, and follow us on Twitter @UCLANursing. For more information on the UCLA School of Nursing, visit www.nursing.ucla.edu.

About The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 125,000 members in 90 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s 475 chapters are located at 586 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Republic of China-Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at www.nursingsociety.org.