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Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture 2011

The 2011 Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule lecture at Benaroya Hall was a great success, drawing guests from around the Puget Sound Region to celebrate nursing in our community. This year, the Annual Soule lecture was held in conjunction with the Nurses Recognition Banquet and provided the perfect environment to celebrate the school’s history while also looking to the future with our newest award winners.

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Award winners with the School of Nursing Dean. Emily Butler, Theresa Brown,
Dean Marla Salmon, Marilyn Dodd and Donna Gerity.

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Soule Lecturer Joan Shaver and Dean Marla Salmon

Dr. Joan L. Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, was the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecturer and shared with attendees a lecture on nursing science and practice. Shaniqua Manning, KING 5 and Northwest Cable News anchor, graciously emceed the Nurses Recognition Banquet for the third year in a row. This year featured Theresa Brown, RN, oncology nurse and regular contributor to the New York Times “Well” blog, who discussed the need for nurses to play an active role in the conversations on the future of healthcare in our nation. She also touched on her most recent blog post with the New York Times “Well” blog regarding the need for better communications between nurses and doctors to enhance patient safety and care. The banquet also celebrated the school’s newest annual distinguished award winners, who this year were all alumnae of the school: Emily J. Butler, Distinguished Practitioner Award; Marilyn J. Dodd, Distinguished Researcher award; and Donna L. Gerity, Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Jean Reid and Sandy Dyer

The banquet also honored Robert G. and Jean A. Reid with the first annual Heart of Nursing award, which was created to honor exemplary volunteers or community members who embody the mission and values of the School of Nursing in memory of Peter Dyer. This year’s banquet raised over $60,000 in sponsorships to help underwrite the event. Proceeds were designated to support the School’s Nursing Scholarship Fund. Thank you to all of our sponsors!