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Phyllis Adams, RN
University of Texas Arlington

Two UT Arlington College of Nursing professors will receive the Association of Black Nursing Faculty Lifetime Achievement in Education and Research Award at the organizationís 26th annual Meeting and Scientific Conference in June.

Maxine Adegbola, RN, MSN, PhD, has been an assistant professor at UT Arlington since 2008. Her research areas include sickle cell disease, chronic pain, genomics and health disparities.

Phyllis Adams, RN, MSN, EdD, is a clinical associate professor and is director of the UT Arlington Family Nurse Practitioner program. Her research interests include sickle cell, HIV and stress management.


Maxine Adegbola, RN
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston

Robert Blake, RN, was named a 2012 Outstanding Nurse by the Texas Nurses Association. Ann Gutierrez, RN, a nurse at TIRR Memorial Hermann, also was one of 20 District 9 nurses recognized.

University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville

Anna M. McDaniel, RN, PhD, has been named dean, effective this summer. McDaniel recently served as the associate dean for research at the Indiana University School of Nursing. A Chancellorís Professor in both the schools of informatics and nursing, McDaniel also directs the graduate nursing informatics certificate program. She has contributed to more than 120 scientific publications and presentations and has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $34 million in research grants and contracts from organizations such as the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Sonia Maria Balevre, RN
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Jacksonville, Fla.

The Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida has recognized four professors from Chamberlain in its list, including Kathy Walls, RN, PhD; Donna Jeanne Pugh, RN, MSN/Ed; Sonia Maria Balevre, RN, MSN; and Sherri Kuhnell, RN, MSN/Ed. Professional colleagues, family members, patients and community members nominated nurses for the honor.

These nurses not only excel in giving nursing care, but also improve the overall health and quality of othersí lives, according to a news release.


Kathy Walls, RN



Sherri Kuhnell, RN
University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville

Anna M. McDaniel, RN, PhD, has been named dean, effective this summer. McDaniel recently served as the associate dean for research at the Indiana University School of Nursing. A Chancellorís Professor in both the schools of informatics and nursing, McDaniel also directs the graduate nursing informatics certificate program. She has contributed to more than 120 scientific publications and presentations and has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $34 million in research grants and contracts from organizations such as the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Houston

Joy Fey, RN, was recognized as a DAISY Award winner, a national honor that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary nurses. Fey was chosen because she has demonstrated a high degree of compassion for her patients, according to a news release. She has a reputation of exceeding her job duties and responsibilities to ensure the safety and well being of her patients.

Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

In January, Merie Bridges, RN, was named Nurse of the Month. Bridges exemplifies the hospitalís principles in leadership and servitude, according to a news release. Each month, Charlotte Regional Medical Center awards three employees and one volunteer for going above and beyond the call of duty.


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