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UW School of Nursing Honors Alumna, Community Nurse Leaders with 2005 Leadership Awards


For immediate release
Date:  2005

The UW School of Nursing will honor outstanding nurses and nursing leaders at its 2005 Nurses Recognition Banquet May 12 at Seattle's W Hotel. The banquet is held each year on National Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, and as part of National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12 nationwide. University of Washington President Mark Emmert will be the featured speaker.

In conjunction with 10 hospitals and health care related organizations, the program will recognize faculty, researchers, hospital and clinical nurses, and volunteers, and celebrate the impact of nursing leadership.

The school will present four Leadership Awards. One award is designated for an alumnus of the school, and last year the school added three new awards—open to anyone—to recognize the greater community’s nursing leadership in research, humanitarianism and volunteerism. The 2005 recipients are:

Distinguished Alumni Award: Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, a research nurse at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a senior lecturer in nursing at UW, Tacoma, is a recognized expert on the care and treatment of patients with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). Chair of the AML National Oncology Nurse Advisory Board, she is a frequent presenter at national conferences and has written numerous articles on AML for medical and nursing journals. She is also an associate member of the National Institute of Health Director's Council of Public Representatives. At Fred Hutchinson since 1989, Dorcy coordinates clinical trials, conducts research studies and works on the Ethics Oversight Committee, the Ethics Consultant Committee and the Institutional Review Board there. She also participates in outreach activities that teach school-aged children about science and health. She is a 1991 master's graduate of the UW School of Nursing.

Distinguished Research Award: Karen Schepp, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health in the UW School of Nursing, has enhanced the health and welfare of mentally ill children and their families through 20 years of research. A certified child and adolescent psychiatric mental health clinical specialist, she serves as a reviewer for leading nursing journals and consults nationally and internationally on issues of psychosocial nursing. She currently leads a five-year study of families with teenagers who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her grant funds the development and evaluation of a new family-centered support program aimed at improving the teens' level of functioning and enhancing the quality of life for families of those suffering from mental illness. In 1996, she received the School of Nursing's Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. Schepp earned her master's degree from the UW School of Nursing in 1967.

Humanitarian Award: Connie Anderson, Director of Clinical Services at Northwest Kidney Centers (NKC), is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and committed dialysis professionals in the country. She is an international resource for those interested in home hemodialysis and is known for her humane care of patients with renal disease. Throughout her career, Anderson has demonstrated a steady commitment to professional and community service. She served as chapter president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association and was president of the First Hill Improvement Association. For 15 years, she has served on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Board of Trustees, and was the first woman elected to the board. She has served the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Seattle chapter for five years, and in 2003, she chaired the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which raised more than $1 million for breast cancer services in the Seattle area. Last year, Anderson received NKC's Clyde Shields Distinguished Service Award. Anderson received her bachelor's degree from the UW School of Nursing in 1973.

Outstanding Volunteer Award: Eli and Rebecca Almo, owners and operators of ERA Care Communities, are recognized for their commitment to improving the health and well-being of older adults in the greater Seattle community and as champions of quality nursing care. Early in their lives, the Almos sought "something more meaningful" and a sense that they were helping others. In1985, they established ERA Care Communities, which delivers high quality housing and services for retirees. Through ERA Care, the Almos initiated one of the first corporate partnerships with the UW School of Nursing. Residents, caregivers, students and faculty collaborate on research and education to improve health care for older people. At the UW School of Nursing, they are recognized as dedicated volunteers, creative leaders and generous supporters of healthy aging research and programs. The Almos serve as co-chairs of the School of Nursing Campaign Advisory Board and in 1996 they established the Aljoya Endowed Professorship in Aging at the school.

Many program sponsors will recognize their top nurses at the event. Sponsors at the Silver $5,000 level were Cerner Corporation, Johnson & Johnson Health Care System and the University of Washington Medical Center. Sponsors at the Bronze $2,500 level were Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, ERA Care Communities, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Kidney Centers, Premera Blue Cross, Spacelabs Medical and Swedish Medical Center, which sponsored three tables.