Student awards of excellence
Master's-degree graduates, from left, Charley Johnston, Ren Bee, Jody Johnson, Linda Luna and Jennifer Mattice receive their awards of excellence from Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean Heather M. Young.
The mission of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing recognizes five core attributes: leadership development, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The graduating class and the School of Nursing faculty selected five students who exemplify each of these values:
- Excellence in Leadership Development: Charles Johnston
Johnston has stepped up as a leader from day one and developed the first Graduate Student Council for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. He was instrumental in creating the bylaws and mission for the council with his student colleagues in nursing, medicine, informatics and public health and served as the council’s first president. He labored to keep other students informed and involved in school activities.
- Excellence in Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education: Ren Bee
Bee has continuously worked to promote interprofessional collaboration through his ongoing efforts to connect nursing, medical, health informatics, and public health students both academically and socially. From informal social events to interprofessional course work, Bee modeled collegiality among peers.
- Excellence in Transformative Research: Jody Johnson
Johnson is a rural school nurse with a vision of a new level of collaboration to improve the health and welfare of children with ADHD. She created a toolkit in support of a unique program that brings together school nurses, families, teachers and pediatricians, to communicate about children with ADHD, evaluate their progress, and ensure success in school.
- Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: Linda Luna
Luna champions her Hispanic culture in many settings and with a diverse audience. She has emerged with a voice that eloquently communicates issues of justice, culture and due process to her colleagues and peers.
- Excellence in Innovative Technology: Jennifer Mattice
Mattice has brought a critical humanities focus to the use of technology in critical care settings. To improve simulation learning, she developed a debriefing intervention that introduces clinicians to emotion-based learning. These changes in simulation learning have the potential to significantly enhance retention of learned material and broaden the spectrum of teaching and learning.