Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards honor Columbia University School of Nursing alumni who have demonstrated excellence in nursing. Alumni may receive a Distinguished Alumni Award or an Early Career Alumni Award. Alumni Award recipients are recognized at Alumni Reunion and honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner.

Meet Our Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The purpose of a Distinguished Alumni Award is to honor primarily nurse alumni who have demonstrated excellence in nursing practice, nursing research, health policy, nursing education, or nursing administration; or have provided exemplary service to humanity; or have a distinguished career in nursing. Non-alumni or organizations that have made significant contributions to the alumni, School of Nursing, and/or nursing profession may also be considered for an Honorary Distinguished Alumni Award.

General Award Criteria

All nominees must:

  • Be an alumnus of Columbia Nursing, except if nominated for the Honorary Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Meet the four (4) General Award Criteria before being considered for a Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Recognized as an outstanding nurse leader by colleagues.
  • Served as a leader in facilitating growth and development of nurses.
  • Led innovations to advance the profession of nursing.
  • Mobilized significant and sustained contributions to nursing.

Specific Award Criteria

All nominees must:

  • Meet all Specific Award Criteria listed under the Distinguished Alumni Award for which they are being nominated.

Nursing Practice

Purpose: To recognize a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in clinical practice nurse. 

The nominee:

  • Collaborated with colleagues to improve clinical nursing utilizing evidence-based research.
  • Led unique contributions to improve quality client outcomes and healthcare delivery.
  • Recognized as an exemplary clinical practice nurse by clients, families, communities, and/or healthcare institutions.
  • Contributed significantly to clinical practice through presentations or publications at the national and/or international level.

Nursing Research

Purpose: To recognize a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in nursing research.

The nominee:

  • Demonstrated expertise in research, research design, instrumentation, statistics, and related areas.
  • Conducted, completed, and disseminated research resulting in publications and/or presentations.
  • Recognized as a role model (educator, mentor, or facilitator) in guiding and supporting other researchers, graduate students, and novice researchers.
  • Utilized scientific research that led to significant changes in clinical nursing practice at the national, and/or international level.

Health Policy

Purpose: To recognize a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in health policy.

The nominee:

  • Developed health policy that promotes the health care of consumers.
  • Fostered the political and legislative effectiveness of nurses.
  • Advanced the nursing profession through leading the implementation of health policy at the national and/or international level.
  • Promoted the public recognition of nursing as a scholarly discipline when developing legislative and regulatory processes and policies.

Nursing Education

Purpose: To recognize a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in nursing education and professional development.

The nominee:

  • Recognized as an inspiring educator by students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated leadership in education, curriculum design, innovative teaching methodologies, assessment, and evaluation.
  • Contributed significantly to nursing through publications and presentations at the national and/or international level.
  • Led efforts for accreditation of academic programs and/or credentialing of healthcare systems

Nursing Administration

Purpose: To recognize a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence in nursing administration.

The nominee:

  • Recognized by colleagues for exemplary leadership and management in nursing and healthcare.
  • Utilized innovative approaches that positively influenced healthcare at the national and/or international level.
  • Recognized by colleagues for their knowledge, skills, attitudes and intangible leadership qualities in managing a healthcare system.
  • Created a high-quality practice environment that recruits and retains nurses and their colleagues to function effectively in their practice setting.

Neighbors Humanitarian

Purpose: To recognize an alumnus who has exhibited outstanding service to humanity.

The nominee:

  • Recognized as a remarkable humanitarian serving individuals, families and/or communities. 
  • Provided sustained and dedicated service to underserved populations.
  • Cared for others without regard for personal gain, recognition or compensation.
  • Promoted the public recognition of nursing as a human service profession.

In Memoriam for Lifetime Achievement

Purpose: To recognize a deceased alumnus for Lifetime Achievement in nursing.

The nominee:

  • Satisfied the criteria for the distinguished career in nursing award during the lifetime of the alumnus.

Honorary

Purpose: To recognize a non-alumnus or organization that has made significant contributions to the alumni, School of Nursing, and/or nursing profession.

The nominee:

  • Organized significant and sustained contributions to the alumni, the School of Nursing, and/or the nursing profession.
  • Rendered distinguished service that positively impacted the alumni, the School of Nursing, and/or the nursing profession.
  • Enhanced the goals of alumni, the School of Nursing, and/or the nursing profession.
  • Enhanced the image of Columbia Nursing at the national and/or international level. 

Distinguished Career in Nursing

Purpose: To recognize a nurse alumnus, with more than ten (10) years of experience, who has a distinguished career in nursing.

The nominee:

  • Recognized as an outstanding nurse who has made sustained and exceptional contributions to nursing during his/her career.
  • Satisfied all the criteria in at least two (2) of the specific award categories, such as nursing education, nursing practice, nursing administration, nursing research or health policy.

Early Career Alumni Award

The purpose of an Early Career Alumni Award is to recognize a nurse alumnus who has exhibited excellence as an emerging nurse leader.

Emerging Nurse Leader

Purpose: To recognize a nursing alumnus who has exhibited excellence as an emerging nurse leader.

The nominee:

  • Be an alumnus of Columbia Nursing with ten (10) years of experience as a registered professional nurse.
  • Built effective interprofessional healthcare teams to manage complex health issues/problems.
  • Served as a leader in planned change to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Utilized evidence-based research to guide clinical decision-making.
  • Implemented significant innovations in professional nursing practice.
  • Served as a mentor to facilitate the growth and development of nurses.

Awards Process

  • Nominators must submit a completed nomination form by November 23, 2019.
  • Committee members score each nominee based on the award criteria.
  • Committee reviews individual and aggregate scoring analyses.
  • Committee reviews, discusses and makes final decisions regarding recipients by consensus.
  • Each nominator is notified of the committee's decision regarding his/her nomination(s).
  • Recipients are formally notified regarding their selection for an Alumni Award, recognized at Alumni Reunion (May 1, 2020) and honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner (April 30, 2020).

Alumni Awards Committee

Co-Chairs

  • Angela Clarke Duff '70
  • Maureen Murphy-Ruocco '80

Members

  • Jesus Casida '96
  • Patti Dykes '04
  • Ramon Lavandero '72
  • Rachel Lyons '07
  • Ann-Margaret Navarra '92 '11 
  • Lora Peppard '08