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KU School of Nursing Faculty Awards & Recognition

May 2015

Gina JohnsonClinical instructor Gina Johnson, MS, RN, and clinical associate professor Lisa Ogawa, Ph.D., RN, have been recognized with the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

Johnson, who joined the undergraduate faculty in 2013, and Ogawa, graduate faculty member since 2012, received the award during the 2015 University of Kansas School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony held May 16 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

Lisa OgawaThe award was created by the Daisy Foundation and the family of Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 of complications of ITP. The award honors teachers for their commitment and inspirational influence on future generations of nurses.

Also recognized during the KU School of Nursing ceremony were Laura Klenke-Borgmann, MSN, RN,  (lecture faculty) and Brenda Boots, MSN, RN, (RN instructor), who received Jayhawker RN awards, which are chosen by the graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing students.

KU School of Nursing assistant professor Jill Peltzer, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, received the 2015 Phyllis Keeney Lawrence Teaching Award.

Williams receives state association nurse award

Phoebe WilliamsUniversity of Kansas School of Nursing professor Phoebe Williams, Ph.D., RN, was named the 2014 Kansas Nurse of the Year in Research by the state chapter of the American Nurses Association.

Williams' most recent research focuses on outcomes research in oncology care for adults and children, mixed methods research, instrument development, and international and diverse groups research.

Williams, who joined the School of Nursing faculty in 1992, received the award from the Kansas State Nurses Association (KSNA) during its annual membership assembly business meeting Oct. 20 in Overland Park. The award recognizes Williams for excellent research capabilities, the impact of her research and the relevance of her research to the nursing profession, as well as her contributions as a role model.

Williams teaches graduate and undergraduate honors research, and dissertation and Capstone advising. She has published books, book chapters, numerous peer-reviewed data-based articles, and educational materials dealing with her areas of expertise.

Janet Pierce

Pierce receives Nursing Educator award

University of Kansas School of Nursing researcher and professor Janet Pierce, Ph.D., APRN, received the School of Nursing Educator award at this year's March of Dimes Nurse of the Year ceremony Nov. 7, 2014.

She was among 20 Kansas and Kansas City area nurses recognized for their contributions to health care during the black tie evening event at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. There were 19 award categories, ranging from advanced practice and emergency to surgical and palliative care.

Pierce, who joined the KU School of Nursing faculty more than 20 years ago, is also an adjunct professor in the KU Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. Her research focus is on cardio-pulmonary measures to address illness management related to hemorrhagic shock.

Three other School of Nursing faculty members were nominated in the educator category of the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards, including clinical associate professor Karen Tarnow, Ph.D., RN, who was among the finalists.  Also nominated were clinical assistant professor Laura Klenke-Borgmann, MSN, RN; and assistant professor Jill Peltzer, Ph.D., APRN.

KU School of Nursing Dean Karen Miller received the Legacy Award at the ceremony. Read more about the event.      

Teel receives honorary nursing alumna award

Cynthia TeelCynthia Teel, Ph.D., RN, associated dean of graduate programs at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, received the 2014 Honorary Nursing Alumna award at this year's KU Medical Center Alumni Awards luncheon.

Also recognized at the program were Ellen Dukes, RN, who received the 2014 Distinguished Nursing Alumna award, and Jeff Knight, RN, who was named the 2014 Early Career Achievement in Nursing Alumnus. Dukes, who received a Ph.D. from the School of Nursing in 1989, is the retired senior director of global outcomes research at Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals.

Knight, who received a BSN from the School of Nursing in 2011, is the vice president of program management and clinical operations at Onyx Pharmaceuticals.He also has a master's degree in public health.

The awards, given annually during the Alumni Weekend, are the highest honors the KUMC Alumni Association bestow upon graduates of the KU Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing and those who have made outstanding contributions to the schools and health care professions. Here's a list of the 2014 award winners.

Peterson receives KU Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

Moya Peterson

Moya Peterson, Ph.D., ARNP, assistant professor of nursing, is among the three University of Kansas Medical Center faculty members chosen to receive the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. 

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little presented the awards at the KU Teaching Summit in Lawrence on Aug. 21. Winners are selected by a committee of faculty and students.

Peterson teaches medical and nursing students in the KU Family Medicine Clinic, where she is the director of adults with Down syndrome clinic. She also teaches several courses for the graduate programs in the School of Nursing.


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