The College of Mount St. Joseph held its 17th annual Leadership in Nursing Awards program on Wednesday, October 17, at the Drees Pavilion in Devou Park, Covington. Four tri-state nurses were recognized in the categories as “Distinguished Alumni Nurse Leader,” “Distinguished Nurse Administrator,” “Distinguished Nurse Educator” and “Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Leadership.” Since 1996, 65 nursing leaders, representing more than 28 institutions and agencies, have been honored as recipients of these prestigious awards.
This year’s award winners include:
Distinguished Alumni Nurse Leader
Judy Willig Walsh, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed., N.E.-B.C., C.E.N.P., has a nursing career that spans 40 years and currently serves as the director of regulatory compliance/patient safety in patient services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also worked to develop and implement a Clinical Ladder program to recognize and reward staff nurses during her time at Middletown Regional Hospital.
Distinguished Nurse Administrator
Kimberly S. Boyer, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.S.A., has been integral in the strategic planning and operations of multiple health care facilities for more than 30 years, promoting a positive work environment through collaboration, respect and support of colleagues. She is currently the emergency services system director at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
Distinguished Nurse Educator
Claudia Mitchell, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.-B.C., was recently appointed by the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing as interim executive director for undergraduate programs at UC’s main campus. She is highly known and respected for her expertise, and has presented to the Ohio Health Care Association, the American Health Care Association, the National QSEN Conference and the NLN Education Summit.
Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Leadership
Terry M. Foster, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.N.S., F.A.E.N., C.C.R.N., C.E.N., has been a critical care nurse specialist at St. Elizabeth Healthcare since 1998, and actively serves as a member or chair on seven organization-wide committees. He is also an active member of three professional nursing organizations and the American Heart Association, and has authored, co-authored, reviewed or edited multiple scholarly journal publications and textbooks.
“It is appropriate that we honor the nursing leaders in our area,” said Sue Johnson, dean of the division of health sciences. “They do so much to promote health in our communities and advance the profession of nursing in the health care arena.”
Funds generated by community and corporate support of this program are used to provide scholarships to senior nursing students who have demonstrated leadership, academic achievement and service during their college experience. This year’s LNAP program event sponsor is Mercy Health. Corporate sponsors include The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, Galen College of Nursing, SC Ministry Foundation, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, TriHealth, University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing and The Urology Center.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.