Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum has chosen five finalists from the Philadelphia Tri-State region for the Education and Mentorship category in our 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards program.
The finalists will be recognized May 8 in a ceremony at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, where a winner in the category also will be selected.
Jennifer A. Cummins, RN-BC, MSN, CEN
Clinical Nurse Educator, ED
Riddle Hospital — Main Line Health, Media, Pa.
Cummins was named Riddles Nurse of the Year in 2011. She led a team that helped the hospital make more than a 100% reduction in errors from 2010 to 2011. She co-chaired the subgroup for protocol development for care of patients with chest pain in the ED and across the hospital. Her leadership resulted in the implementation of the hypothermia protocol. Cummins poster on specimen labeling was presented at the 2011 UHC annual meeting in Chicago. She demonstrated her commitment to professional education by becoming certified in emergency nursing and then achieving geriatric nursing certification during a six-month period. Through her coaching, role modeling and support, the number of certified ED nurses has increased from 18 to 41 since her arrival. Her mentorship of new graduates in the ED has resulted in a 100% retention rate during a recent three-season recruitment period.Ann Curley, RN
Ann Curley, RN, PhD
Nurse Research Specialist
Capital Health, Trenton, N.J.
Among her many journal publications, book reviews, book chapters and books pertaining to populations and urban health, her most recent publication is a book on population-based nursing, concepts and competencies. She has been honored by several organizations and received awards for her contributions to education and practice. Most recently in 2011, she won the Excellence in Nursing Practice award at Capital Healths annual Nurses Day celebration. As the research specialist, Curley was instrumental in advancing nursing research from one study to 15 in a period of two years. The research was a significant factor in achieving Magnet redesignation for the third time. Curley coaches nurses to submit their research outcomes for presentations and poster sessions around the country. She was a founding member of the ethics committee for the Home Health Assembly in New Jersey, and she is on the editorial board for the Journal of Community Health Nursing.Shelley A. Johnson, RN
Shelley A. Johnson, RN, EdD, NE-BC
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing, Stratford, N.J.
Johnson is the student assistance facilitator, a member of the Nursing as an Additional Language and Culture program, faculty assembly secretary and a member of the DNP Committee. A member of the National Black Nurses Association for the past 12 years, Johnson won the NBNAs 2010 Nurse Educator of the Year award. She seeks out new and innovative teaching methods to help engage and motivate students. For example, she created a symposium and invited nurses from local hospitals, community centers and ambulatory clinics to review students posters formally and listen to a presentation on patient safety. In addition to nurses and students being awarded CEUs, nurse recruiters attended to discuss career opportunities with all participants. Her nominator wrote: “Dr. Johnson is an extremely caring, empathetic and passionate nurse leader and educator. She exemplifies professionalism, respect and integrity to her students, peers, colleagues and the community at large.”Mary Lou Manning, RN
Mary Lou Manning, CRNP, PhD, CIC
Associate Professor, Director of DNP Program
Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing, Philadelphia
An early adopter of DNP education, Manning joined Thomas Jefferson University in 2007 to launch and lead an online distance education DNP program. She later guided the self-study resulting in Jeffersons DNP program earning accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, one of the first five programs in the country to be accredited. In 2011, Manning served as president of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, a group consisting primarily of nurses. She helped the chapter secure a $2,500 grant through APIC. She serves on APICs Board of Directors and Education Committee, is a member of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvanias infection prevention advisory group and advises the Health Care Improvement Foundations regional infection prevention initiatives. Manning is a manuscript reviewer for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory and recently was appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Infection Control.Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, RN
Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC
Professor, Associate Dean for Nursing, Continuing Nursing Education
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia
Glasgow formerly was the director of the undergraduate nursing programs, where she developed the BSN Accelerated Career Entry, BSN Co-op and RN-BSN Online programs, as well as other academic health profession programs. The undergraduate prelicensure nursing programs have graduated more than 2,100 BSN students with a 98.5% NCLEX pass rate. She leveraged Drexels technology cache to create innovative, technology-infused educational programs. She has authored 50 publications and conducted more than 100 presentations nationally and internationally in the areas of nursing education, nursing leadership and bone marrow donation. She is the co-author of two textbooks. Behind her leadership, Drexel is ranked No. 2 on U.S. News and World Reports Best Online Nursing Programs. Glasgow is a 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, the recipient of the 2010 Villanova University College of Nursing Alumni Medallion for Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Education and a trustee of the Princeton HealthCare System.