Congratulations to Washington State Nurses Association Awardees!

The Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) and Profes­sional Nursing and Health Care Council (PNHCC) awards recog­nize WSNA members who have made signif­i­cant contri­bu­tions in nursing practice, leader­ship, educa­tion and research. We are extremely proud of this years’ recognition of our faculty and a community partner and share with WSNA a dedication to wellness and healthcare equity throughout the region.

The Honorary Recognition Award went to Dr. Anne Hirsch, the UW School of Nursing’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  “Dr. Hirsch played a particularly active and crucial role in seeing that our students were able to continue both coursework and clinical skills acquisition during the worst of the COVID pandemic, and she has a long record of contributions to not only the School of Nursing but also the profession,” said Executive Dean Azita Emami.

Our Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dr. Butch de Castro, was the recipient of the Marguerita Cobb Public Health Award. Since joining the School of Nursing in 2017, Dr. de Castro has been a powerful force behind our ongoing antiracism efforts. He will be guiding our new Center for Antiracism in Nursing, the first of its kind in the country, as the Center seeks a path to more equitable healthcare for all.

David Reyes is an Assistant Professor of Nursing & Health Care Leadership at UW Tacoma. He received the Ethics and Human Rights Award. He has held national level health policy, leadership, and professional roles in the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Family Planning, and the Washington State Public Health Association.

Dr. Tatiana Sadak received the Nurse Educator Award. “Dr. Tatiana Sadak has earned repeated plaudits from students and colleagues for her capabilities as a nurse-educator. We applaud her receipt of the WSNA Nurse Educator Award, which recognizes her success at inspiring the next generation of nurses,” said Executive Dean Azita Emami.

Equitable access and respectful delivery of healthcare are important to population health and we are pleased to see Dr. Molly Altman recognized by WSNA with the Nurse Researcher Award. Dr. Altman research about respectful and equitable care provision during pregnancy and childbirth is helping identify and close a gap in the way such care is delivered to people of color.

WSNA also honored Salal Credit Union with the 2021 Community Partner Award. Salal has been a key partner in supporting the UW School of Nursing’s unique and highly successful annual Nurse Camp, which fosters an interest in healthcare careers among high school students from underserved communities. Salal’s support is helping the School of Nursing create a future nursing workforce that is more diverse, equitable, and knowledgeable.