Nursing Spectrum will honor its 2011 finalists for the Nursing Excellence Awards program at a gala Tuesday, June 7 in Greenbelt, Md.
The finalists for the Advancing and Leading the Profession category are as follows:
Molly Billingsley, RN, MSN, EdD, NEA-BC
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Nominated by: Kristen Hansen
Molly Billingsley has 41 years of experience in nursing, including as a coronary care nurse and adult nurse practitioner. She is described as having an innate ability to teach and mentor those around her. She also serves as a Magnet appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has reviewed medical centers and hospitals across the nation. She is actively involved in supporting hundreds of individual community volunteer efforts by the nursing staff. Since 2002, Billingsley has engaged and supported a partnership with a local TV station, which involves nurse recruitment advertising. She negotiated an additional 30-second public awareness message on the impending nursing shortage and the benefits of becoming a nurse. During the past 25 years, she has published more than 75 articles and book chapters, and has spoken nationally on healthcare issues, including Magnet status and the nursing shortage.Christie Guelcher, RN
Christine Guelcher, RN, PNP
Hemophilia Treatment Center Nurse Coordinator
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Nominated by: Michael Guerrera
Christie Guelcher is described as a resource for all nurses in our institution in regards to bleeding disorders and anticoagulation/thrombosis. She is a board member for the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network and is the nursing representative to its community relations and communications subcommittee. Guelcher is on the academic program planning committee for the Hemostasis & Thrombosis Research Society. She has been on the planning committee for the Hemophilia Treatment Center region III meetings and the program planning committee for the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses and the National Hemophilia Foundation Nursing Working Group. Guelcher has been a consultant for three groups, including Baxter Bioscience. Her work with Baxter led to the creation of a new parent kit flight gear for travel with a child who has hemophilia. She has presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics.Lisa Rowen, RN
Lisa Rowen, RN, DNSc, FAAN
Senior Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services and CNO
University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
Nominated by: Cindy D. Rew
Lisa Rowen is the principal investigator of a study, funded by the American Organization of Nurse Executives, to examine the effect of nurse leader rounding on patient outcomes. She has more than 60 published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented on a variety of topics locally and nationally. Rowen is founding editor of a clinical nursing journal with global reach, extending to more than 140 countries. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. A staff RN said of Rowen: She understands the significant contribution all nurses make; no matter the specialty, and proudly recognizes nurses at every opportunity. She inspires us all to new heights, and ensures we engage in all aspects of care while exercising our talents under her skilled mentorship.Ellen M. Dawson, APN
Ellen M. Dawson, APN, PhD
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor
George Washington University School of Nursing, Washington, D.C.
Nominated by: Nancy L. Falk, RN, PhD, MBA
After joining George Washington University in 2005, Ellen Dawson led a newly formed department of nursing through five years of growth en route to becoming a school of nursing. She launched the MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice and BSN programs, led the initiative to expand the program to a second campus, obtained approvals from the Board of Nursing for program growth, guided creation of a simulation lab, recruited and hired more than 40 faculty, managed personnel matters, and articulated the budgetary needs and managed the revenues and expenses. Between 2006 and 2010, Dawson taught 10 graduate courses and developed multiple courses and programs for nursing students. She participated in a medical mission trip to aid earthquake victims in Haiti. She has written book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and served as a regular presenter on health topics.