Bertha Bert Jackson, RN, CRNP, of Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, earned the 2014 Red Ribbon Award in the outstanding community leadership category from the University of Pennsylvanias Center for AIDS Research community advisory board, according to a news release.
Jackson was selected for making significant contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia community. The award is the highest recognition the advisory board bestows on individuals or organizations in the areas of policymaking, research, community leadership and youth leadership, according to the release.
Jackson has been employed by Einstein Medical Center for 37 years. She started as a dental assistant and has worked as an RN for 30 years. For the past four years she has been a nurse practitioner in Einsteins Immunodeficiency Center. The IDC provides primary care to more than 750 individuals diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.
She is known and respected for being a dedicated patient advocate, assisting those in her care to maintain healthy lifestyles in spite of their diagnosis. Jackson has lectured at community centers and churches in the Philadelphia area on topics including prevention of HIV perinatal transmission, HIV prevention and the importance of HIV screening, according to the release.
She earned a bachelors degree in education from Temple University in 1980. She earned a nursing diploma from Albert Einstein Nursing School and became an RN in 1985. Following two brief nursing assignments at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, on a surgical unit and an oncology unit, she transferred into behavioral health where she held the position of assistant nurse manager/clinical nurse manager for more than 18 years. Jackson earned a BSN degree in 1999, MSN in 2009 and post-masters certificate in family nurse practitioner in 2009 at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.
She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of HIV Medicine and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
Jackson retired earlier this year from the U.S. Air Force Reserves after 32 years of service.