Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

With almost 72,000 registered nurses in Kentucky, it is difficult to appreciate in measureable terms the impact each one has on patients every day. Equally challenging to articulate is the collective impact these nurses have on the state, with its high numbers of heart disease, lung cancer, obesity and substance abuse. No matter what role an RN has – whether in practice, public service, teaching or research – the contribution is far reaching. Patient satisfaction is usually much higher with a devoted and compassionate nurse overseeing one’s care.

At the UofL School of Nursing, we have the honor of recognizing a small number of the state’s registered nurses through the annual Florence Nightingale Awards in Nursing. Over the last four years, we have asked people to write compelling essays about a registered nurse who embodies the tireless and far-reaching efforts of Florence Nightingale, the founder of professional nursing. Each year, the Nightingale Planning Board reviews nearly 100 essays.It is no small task for the board to select four to six winners when each nominee is a winner in his or her own right. However, each year the Board has done its best to select the winners through a defined rating process. The following are this year’s honorees:

  • Kristin Ashford, Ph.D., W.H.N.P.-B.C., F.A.A.N., associate dean of undergraduate faculty & interprofessional education affairs at University of Kentucky College of Nursing
  • Gwen Moreland, D.N.P., R.N., N.E.-B.C., assistant chief nurse executive at Kentucky Children’s Hospital
  • Mary Beth Hurley, R.N., A.S.N., nurse at Hager Preschool in Owensboro
  • Susan Jones, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., A.N.E.F., professor emerita at Western Kentucky University School of Nursing
  • Linda Weston Kramer Tuttle, M.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.-K., S.C.R.N., critical care nurse at Norton Brownsboro Hospital
  • Carol Wright, B.S.N., R.N., trauma program manager and pediatric trauma coordinator at UK HealthCare

 Watch the winners' acceptance speeches and view photos from the event.

Dean Marcia J. Hern