University of Central Florida College of Nursing faculty members Jean Kijek and Linda Howe were recognized Sept. 12 by the Florida Nurses Association. Kijek, PhD, RN, a professor emerita, was honored with the FNA Hall of Fame Award for her contributions to the nursing profession. Howe, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, an associate professor, received the Heather Scaglione Award for her role as faculty consultant to the Student Nurses Association chapter at UCF Orlando, according to an article on the
Dr. Kijek is an exceptional nurse leader who has had a distinguished career as a nurse and in nursing education, Jean DMeza Leuner, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, a CON professor, wrote in her letter
In the article, Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CNS, CON interim dean, said Kijek was instrumental in the early development and growth of the nursing program at UCF, adding she has been active in professional nursing organizations throughout her career.
Scaglione, who lost her life in a motor vehicle accident several years ago, was active in the Florida Student Nurses Association. Its an honor to receive this award named for one of UCFs former students, Howe said in the article.
Under Howes leadership, the SNA Chapter at UCF Orlando received the Stellar Chapter Award from the National Student Nurses Association, as well as several other state awards. She also has been a member of the American Nurses Association since she graduated from nursing school.
Dr. Howe embodies the spirit and legacy of the Heather Scaglione Award as an articulate, compassionate, and charismatic leader of future nurses, Sole said.
Kim Dever, MSN, RN, who works with Howe as co-consultant to the SNA chapter at UCF Orlando, said Howe is a student-centered professor, adding, Her door is always open and she is at nearly every SNA event.
FNA awards are given annually at the FNA Membership Assembly. They recognize and reward Florida nurses by allowing peers to nominate an individual or group within their profession to receive