Laura Polk, RN, PhD, the health sciences division chairwoman at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, Md., recently was named nurse of the year by the Maryland Nurses Association District 9 for her professionalism, performance and excellence in nursing, according to a news release. Also receiving recognition from the MNA District 9 were nursing professor Rose Miller, RN, MSN, MPA, LPC; assistant professor and clinical simulation coordinator Linda Goodman, RN, BSN; and nursing graduate Travis Roberts, RN.
“The Nurse of the Year Award is among the most prestigious awards given and we are very proud of the public recognition given to Laura Polk for the incredible work she does to advance the nursing profession in Southern Maryland,” CSM Vice President of Academic Affairs Sue Subocz said in the release. “Her dedication to the nursing program here at CSM makes a major difference in our region by allowing opportunities for students to advance in a rigorous yet supportive environment.”
Polk has co-authored or managed grants of more than $2 million that provide resources to promote nursing education in Southern Maryland. Polk serves as a nursing program site visitor for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Nursing Terminologies and Classifications. She also is an active member of several professional nursing and nurse leader organizations.
The Grace E. Brown Nurse Educator Award was presented to Miller for her 28 years as a nurse educator, according to the release.
“With more than 34 years of experience as a registered nurse, Rose is strongly focused on the success of her nursing students,” Polk said in the release.
The Grace E. Brown Scholarship Award for Advanced Practice was presented to Goodman to provide assistance as she pursues completion of her MSN, according to the release.
“Linda freely admits that furthering her education was not her idea or initial direction, but that working alongside the faculty at CSM energized her to return to school,” Polk said in the release.
Each semester, Goodman mentors a clinical group in the nursing home setting in addition to managing the clinical simulation program.
The MNA District 9 Nursing Student of the Year Award was given to Roberts, a winter 2013 nursing graduate.
The award is presented to an outstanding student of nursing. Roberts was nominated based on his academic achievement, clinical practice and community and school involvement, according to the release.