Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff and students who were presented one of our Spring 2016 College of Nursing Excellence Awards.

Faculty Awards

Janessa GravesFaculty Excellence in Research Award – Dr. Janessa Graves, Spokane

This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in research. Dr. Graves has developed and implemented a line of inquiry in research, has received extramural funding for her research, has communicated and disseminated her own research findings, and continues to promote and facilitate research in less experienced faculty.

“Dr. Graves completely revised the PhD Grant Writing course (NURS534) and works closely with doctoral students to write grants; she has implemented lengthy rounds of review with extensive feedback and the class culminates with mock peer review session. I co-taught this course with Dr. Graves and I can attest to the extraordinary number of hours she has spent on a weekly basis to mentor the interdisciplinary students taking this class. The students are highly receptive to her expertise in grant writing and the passion she demonstrates for scholarly excellence.”

Celestina BarbosaDiversity Award – Dr. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Spokane

This award recognizes the excellence of a group or an individual within the college community in exemplifying and enhancing the qualities outlined in the College of Nursing diversity statement.

“Dr. Barbosa-Leiker has become a leader and advocate for diversity in the College of Nursing, on the WSU Spokane Health Sciences campus, and in her profession. Her service, research, and leadership demonstrate her commitment to advancing the role of women and minorities, as well as reducing health and employment inequalities for women.”

 

Billie SevertsenUndergraduate Faculty Award – Dr. Billie Severtsen, Spokane

This award recognize exceptional leadership in teaching, research, and service that guides the college to “inspire and transform health care for generations to come.”

“Dr. Severtsen has taught undergraduate students at the Washington State University College of Nursing for over 40 years. It is difficult to even begin to put a number on just how many students’ Dr. Severtsen has positively influenced at some point during their undergraduate education. Dr. Severtsen has high expectations for her students but she is also fair, easy to approach, and always willing to go the extra mile for students to assist them in their success.”

SandyCarollo_leadershipGraduate Faculty Award – Dr. Sandy Carollo, Yakima

This award recognize exceptional leadership in teaching, research, and service that guides the college to “inspire and transform health care for generations to come.”

“Sandy has been teaching in the College of Nursing graduate and undergraduate programs for over ten years. Her leadership is remarkable. As Clinical Instructor, Clinical Associate Professor, FNP Clinical Track Coordinator, and Yakima Director she has made a considerable impact on students, faculty, and the community. She serves on multiple committees including the Graduate Curriculum and Progression Committee (currently GAP), contributing towards the development and change that facilitates excellence in the graduate curriculum. Sandy advises multiple graduate students and is part of the recruitment effort that has increased the number of DNP students on the Yakima Campus and across campuses.”

Staff Awards

Tami KelleyStaff Excellence Award – Tami Kelley, Spokane

This award recognize excellence in a pattern of outstanding service. The individual displays professionalism, leadership, teamwork, and commitment to enhancing the milieu of the college.

“Without Tami, we in the Population Health program would not function. Tami does so much it’s hard to even categorize. She identifies what students need annual reviews and who might do them. Tami helps us figure out the schedule for courses and who needs which classes. She encourages our students and ushers them through application to their Programs of Study from start to graduation. She helps students and faculty with difficult questions related to program requirements and she does all these things without getting into a flap. She is reassuring, has a “we can solve this problem” attitude and I frankly don’t know what I’d do without her.”

Susan ShawStaff Achievement Award – Susan Shaw, Vancouver

This award recognizes excellence in an outstanding single achievement. The individual displays professionalism, innovation, and commitment to enhancing the milieu of the college.

“The RN-BSN Program on the Vancouver campus where the majority of RN-BSN students are enrolled would have been in disarray this year without Susan’s efficient and dedicated support. She did the work of 3 people for much of the year and exemplified loving kindness in the process. Each day is a new day of possibilities for Susan who inspires us all to be positive and to find solutions to the complex problems of our college.”

Student Awards

Donna Watson, PhD studentOutstanding PhD Student – Donna Watson, Spokane

This award is for a PhD student who encourages and supports other students, contributes to the well-being of the College of Nursing, nursing, and the student body, who exhibits exemplary professional behavior, and provides leadership to the school, community, and/or profession.

“Donna Watson, PhD is an exceptional student, offering her wealth of expertise and supports other students in their own research endeavors. She is an exemplar of a nurse educator and scientist. She has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to WSU. She has served as an ambassador for student recruitment. She continually shares her experience about our PhD community with interested PhD students. She has promoted WSU in her publications as a PhD Student at the WSU College of Nursing.”

Cassey JankowiakOutstanding DNP Student – Cassey Jankoviak, Vancouver

This award goes to a Doctor of Nursing Practice student who encourages and supports other students, contributes to the well-being of the College of Nursing, nursing, and the student body, exhibits exemplary professional behavior, and provides leadership to the school, community, and/or profession.

“Cassey provides leadership particularly in the area of Native population disparity improvement. She is a humble, servant leader and embodies the highest values of the profession. We believe she will represent WSU College of Nursing DNP program ethically, inclusively, collaboratively, and with the integrity of an advocate, as our outstanding graduate now and in the years to come.”

Cory RisseOutstanding MN Student – Cory Risse, Spokane

This award goes to a Master of Nursing student who encourages and supports other students, contributes to the well-being of the College of Nursing, nursing, and the student body, exhibits exemplary professional behavior, and provides leadership to the school, community, and/or profession.

“Cory has been an exemplary student in our N556 course. She takes time with other students and has role modeled how to present an impactful and excellent 702 paper in the course, offering to do this so that other students could have the experience of finding out how to present before they had to. Cory also teaches our prelicensure students and is a reflective teacher. She uses every opportunity she can to continue life-long learning.”

Karen LutenBSN Clinical Excellence – Karen Luten, Yakima

This award recognizes a BSN student graduating this semester who, over time, has demonstrated exceptional performance during clinical assignments.

“Karen has consistently demonstrated characteristics consistent with an exemplar nurse and has represented our campus, College of Nursing and University in a positive manner.”

 

 

Shelley Wenz

Outstanding BSN – Shelley Wenz, Yakima

This award recognizes a well-rounded, professional BSN student who is graduating this semester. Student must display leadership, teamwork, and commitment to the college, WSU, or the community.

“Shelley has demonstrated leadership characteristics consistent with an outstanding undergraduate nursing student including a commitment to addressing the needs of our community, to team based care and to the values embraced by the Yakima campus, WSU College of Nursing, the University.”

Outstanding RN-BSN Student – Mariela Lopez, TC/WW

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This award recognizes a well-rounded, professional RN-BSN student who is graduating this semester. Student must display leadership, teamwork, and commitment to the college, WSU, or the community.

“Mariela is an experienced nurse returning to school after 6 years away from college and completing our program with a clear focus on improving her practice and patient outcomes wherever her career takes her. She has been a delightful person to work with in advising, in the classroom, in the community, and in clinical practice. She is an exceptional individual.”

Additional Campus Awards

Tri-Cities Campus Awards

BSN Clinical Excellence – Amanda Johnson
BSN Leadership – Jacob Garcia

Vancouver Campus Awards

Faculty Outstanding Research Award – Anita Hunter
Hoeksel Achievement Award RN-BSN – Cathy Fockler and Thai Hien Nguyen
Vancouver Library Student Research Excellence Award – Sarah Holman, NURS 440

Yakima Campus Awards

Debbie Frank Award – April Carillo