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UW School of Nursing Honors Nurses with 2007 Leadership Awards

For immediate release

Date:  April 25, 2007

SEATTLE—The School of Nursing will honor outstanding nurses and volunteers at its 2007 annual Nurses Recognition Banquet May 10 at the W Hotel in Seattle. The event will feature Eric Liu, author of Guiding Lights: The People who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life, as guest speaker.

Held during National Nurses Week, which is celebrated annually the week of May 6–12, this year’s program will recognize alumnae and nursing community leaders and highlight the role of mentorship in nursing. Four individuals will receive Leadership Awards for their respective work as an alumnus, researcher, humanitarian and volunteer. One award is designated for an alumnus of the school. For a list of past winners, visit the School of Nursing Giving Web site.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner: Mary Salazar

Mary Salazar, professor in the UW School of Nursing’s Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, has literally written the book on occupational health nursing, editing the third edition of the Core Curriculum for Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing, among many other publications. She is an internationally recognized researcher on the health risks of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Her work has addressed health risks associated with orchard work and pesticide exposure, and she has orchestrated successful collaborations among researchers, clinicians and members of the agricultural community. Her leadership as director of the school’s occupational and environmental health nursing program has helped the Pacific Northwest become known for having the best-educated occupational environmental health nurses in the country. Salazar graduated from the UW School of Nursing with her BSN in 1982 and her MN in 1986.

Distinguished Researcher Award: Elaine Adams Thompson

Elaine Adams Thompson, the Sandra and Peter Dyer Term Professor in Nursing in the UW School of Nursing’s Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, has dedicated her career to improving the health and well-being of adolescents, focusing her research on the prevention of adolescent depression, aggression, substance use, risky behaviors and suicide risk. She is an expert in the implementation and evaluation of prevention programs that reduce risk factors and enhance resilience by increasing coping skills, problem-solving abilities and access to support resources. As a principal investigator and cofounder of the federally funded Reconnecting Youth Prevention Research Program, Thompson has examined the effects of psychosocial risk and protective factors on adolescent development. The program serves as a model nationally and internationally. Thompson received her BSN in 1970, her MN in 1972 and her PhD in social psychology in 1990, all from the University of Washington.

Humanitarian Award: Meg Hatlen

Meg Hatlen, nurse supervisor and clinical manager at Renton Public Health Center, began her career in public health nursing as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse at Tacoma General Hospital in 1980, and in 1982 accepted a position in the Seattle-King County Public Health Department. Through her work as a Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST) instructor, she certified registered nurses and public health nurses in Seattle-King County Public Health clinics. She was hired as the personal health services supervisor at the Renton and Kent Public Health centers in 2001. Her coworkers remark on her deep understanding of the complexities of public health issues and her positive attitude. Hatlen’s dedication to her work positions her as a role model for other public health nurses. Hatlen received her master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1996.

Outstanding Volunteer Award: Betty McCurdy

Betty McCurdy was a founding member of the UW School of Nursing Visiting Committee in 1969, and strongly endorsed the transition of the visiting committee into the current Campaign Advisory Board, of which she is a member. She has been active in many alumni and outreach programs at the UW, serving from 1983-84 as the second female president in the history of the UW Alumni Association. Both Betty and her husband, Jim McCurdy ’45, have been generous supporters of the UW through their involvement and membership in the UW Alumni Association. They were honored with the UW Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1989, and have donated more than $1 million to various UW funds. One of their largest gifts has gone to the School of Nursing. Betty McCurdy graduated from the UW in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and she received certification in public health and community medicine that same year.

Nurses Recognition Banquet Sponsors

Many program sponsors also will recognize their top nurses at the event. Here are this year's sponsors and their levels of financial support:



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