(LOS ANGELES – February 23, 2012) – Seven inspiring individuals and a foundation helping to transform the nursing profession while raising awareness of the valuable role nurses play in 21st century healthcare will be honored at the second annual "Nurse 21 Awards" presented by the UCLA School of Nursing on May 9 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The honorees represent a diverse group of nurses – an internationally renowned expert in healthcare and the worldwide nursing shortage, an educator and policy advisor currently working in South Australia, a strategic advisor for the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, a nursing student who is challenging the stereotypes and inequalities that affect all nurses, a clinical nurse specialist, an expert in mental health nursing – and one of the world's best-known and most highly respected healthcare foundations.
"We are honored to recognize these champions who have been working to redefine and expand the role of nursing," said Courtney H. Lyder, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. "Their impact has been enormous and will continue to be so."
The keynote address at the "Nurse 21" gala will be delivered by Heidi Crooks, RN, MA, who will also receive this year's Nurse 21 Leadership Award. Crooks currently serves as senior associate director of operations and patient care services and chief nursing officer at the UCLA Health System. Crooks is a past recipient of the Most Innovative Patient-Focused Care Award from the Hospital Council of Southern California as well as the 2001 Caregiver of the Year Award.
In addition to Crooks, other 2012 award recipients include:
Further information may be obtained at http://nursing.ucla.edu/Nurse21.
The UCLA School of Nursing is redefining nursing through the pursuit of uncompromised excellence in research, education, practice, policy and patient advocacy. Ranked among the top nursing schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report, the school also is ranked No. 7 in nursing research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and No.1 in NIH stimulus funding. In 2010-2011, the school received $24 million in total research grant funding and was awarded 26 faculty research grants. The school offers programs for the undergraduate (BS), postgraduate (MSN and MECN) and doctoral (Ph.D.) student. For more information, please visit www.nursing.ucla.edu.