The Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care hosted former chief nursing officer Ann Williamson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Sept. 27–28, as part of the annual Ann Williamson Lecture and Award for Leadership and Innovation in Nursing and Patient Care. This annual lectureship and award to support nursing were established by Williamson in 2017.
Williamson is a passionate advocate with a deep commitment to continued nursing education and professional development. Events across the two days included UI Hospitals & Clinics unit rounds; staff enrichment session for Staff Nurse Council members; career advancement session with nursing leadership; presentations of select posters as part of Nursing Recognition Day; and sessions with faculty, staff, and students at the UI College of Public Heath and UI College of Nursing.
This year’s lectureship was provided by Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior policy service professor at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing and professor emerita at Hunter College, City University of New York. Mason is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing, former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing, and has been a producer and moderator of a community radio program on health care issues since 1985.
Mason presented, “Improving Health and Health Care through Nurse Designed Innovations,” where she discussed the role nurses play in promoting healthy initiatives and healthier communities; the Edge Runner and MakerNurse initiatives; other nurse-designed models of care and interventions that impact cost, improve health care quality, and enhance patient satisfaction; and strategies for nurses to perform at the top of their licensure.
2018 Ann Williamson Award for Leadership and Innovation in Nursing and Patient Care
Prior to the lecture by Mason, the 2018 Ann Williamson Award for Leadership and Innovation in Nursing and Patient Care was presented to Laura Cullen, DNP, RN, FAAN, associate research scientist in the Office of Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care. The award is given annually to a nurse, nurse leader, or other clinical professional who has demonstrated exceptional ability to lead and innovate in the care of patients and families and who has demonstrated key attributes needed in formal managerial and executive roles as well as among frontline clinicians.
In addition, the recipient demonstrates an outstanding reputation for servant leadership and innovation, and a high degree of citizenship and collegiality within the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care and their discipline. A monetary award is presented to the recipient and is considered a scholarship for the purposes of paying for formal degree education and/or professional development for the awardee.
Cullen was recognized for:
- Extensive national and international reach—Cullen has over 200 local, regional, or national presentations and more than 30 international presentations. Her work, including over 80 publications, is widely cited and used. She has led or been a part of the Iowa Model-Revised, The EBP Implementation Guide, and the recently published book, EBP in Action: Strategies, Tools, and Tips from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; along with numerous nursing and interprofessional projects, including the EBP Change Champions program, pet visitation, and human factors research related to cognitive workload.
- Mentoring countless clinicians and students in the EBP process, having a ripple effect that led to UI Health Care’s receipt of the highly prestigious Magnet Prize® award in 2014; in addition, Cullen has mentored frontline clinicians in the area of publications and presentations.
- EBP opinion leader and edge-runner: At this year’s 25th National EBP Conference, Cullen challenged participants to “blow up the evidence pyramid” and think differently about evidence.
- Provided leadership and consultation for our internationally recognized EBP programs, including the EBP Internship, the Advanced Practice Institute: Promoting Adoption of EBP, and the National EBP Conference.