Sandra Haldane, MSN, RN, director of the maternal child health service line at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, was awarded the 2014 Theta Omicron/Tina DeLapp Professional Excellence Award at the annual Theta Omicron Induction Ceremony.
Haldane is the 15th recipient of the award, which was established in 1995 to recognize professional excellence over the course of a nursing career, according to a news release. It is not presented
Haldane was chief nurse of the Indian Health Service in Washington, D.C. Under her leadership, a number of IHS facilities achieved the national Baby Friendly designation and initiatives to enable IHS facilities to effectively respond to domestic assault and violence were established. Earlier, she held a number of positions at Alaska Native Medical Center, including chief nurse executive.
She demonstrated her commitment to increasing the proportion of Alaska natives in the states nursing workforce by providing a small grant to the University of Alaska at Anchorage. The UAA Student Nurses Association used the grant to produce a recruitment video targeted at Alaska natives. The video won national awards from both Sigma Theta Tau and the National Student Nurses Association.