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Nurse 21 2012

The honorees at this year's Nurse 21 gala represent a diverse group of nurses - the former head of the International Council of Nurses, an educator currently working in South Australia; a former editor of a nursing journal; 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.


 Tribute Video to Heidi Crooks, Recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award



Visionary LeadershipHeidi Crooks, RN, MA. 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.

      Corporation/Foundation - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Campaign: The Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. This unique initiative is designed to identify, generate, synthesize and disseminate evidence essential to implementing the recommendations outlined in the Institute of Medicine's report "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health" and to contribute to Campaign for Action's goal of advancing comprehensive change in healthcare for patients and the country.

International - Judith A. Oulton, D.Sc. (hon), M.Ed., R.N., former chief executive officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and current member of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention.  Oulton is an internationally renowned expert in issues such as health care and the worldwide nursing shortage. Her efforts to advance the field of nursing have spanned her entire career. Oulton  retired from ICN, a federation of national nurses' associations that works to maintain a strong international community of nurses and to promote sound health policies around the world in collaboration with the United Nations and other nongovernmental  organizations.



Media Advocacy - Diana Mason, RN, Ph.D. FAAN, former editor of the American Journal of Nursing. During her 10-year tenure, the journal was named one of the 100 most influential journals of the century in biology and medicine-the only nursing journal to be selected for this distinction. Currently Dr. Mason is the Rudin professor of nursing and co-director of the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College, The City University of New York. She also serves as strategic adviser for the Future of  Nursing: Campaign for Action that is coordinating implementation of the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine's report on "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."


Community Award - Kristine Gebbie, DrPH, RN, FAAN, former head of public health for Oregon, Washington State Secretary of Health, and member of the White House team which established the AIDS Policy Office for President Clinton. Gebbie has also served as a senior policy advisor to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on subjects of public health infrastructure and the public health workforce.  She has chaired policy committees for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Energy. Presently Dr. Gebbie works as an adjunct professor, faculty of health sciences at Flinders University School of Nursing & Midwifery in South Australia where she continues her longstanding research interests in competency-based education and emergency preparedness.


Distinguished Alumni - Dr. Vivien Dee, DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN is Professor and Director of the PhD Nursing Program at Azusa Pacific University. Upon graduation from UCLA, she served as nurse consultant at Western Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities in Santa Monica and then as Assistant Director for Child Services at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital from 1977-1987.  In February, 2011 she was the keynote speaker International Nursing Conference in Riyadh, sponsored by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health.


Distinguished Alumni - Sandra Rome, RN, MN, AOCN, a clinical nurse specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rome received both her BSN and her MN degrees from the UCLA School of Nursing. She currently serves as an assistant clinical professor at the school, through which she frequently mentors graduate students and provides guest lectures. Rome has impacted nursing on a national level through membership, speaking, and publishing several articles and book chapters in nationally recognized journals and texts.


Emerging Leader Award - Jonathan Lee, a fourth-year student in the undergraduate program at the UCLA School of Nursing. In his second year he co-founded Men in Nursing at UCLA, and under his leadership the group has become one of the largest and most active chapters of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. As an individual and through Men in Nursing at UCLA, Lee continues to challenge the stereotypes and inequalities that affect all nurses and hold back the nursing profession.

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