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Loyola University professor named Living Legend by American Academy of Nursing


Nola Pender, RN, PhD, FAAN, a professor at the Loyola University Chicago Marcella School of Nursing in Maywood, Ill., recently was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing for her lifetime achievements as a nurse educator, researcher and author, according to a news release.

The Living Legend designation is the academy’s highest form of recognition.

Pender was among four people who received this honor at the American Academy of Nursing’s 39th annual conference and meeting. She was recognized for her contributions in theory-based research integrated into and tested in nursing practice.

Each year, the academy’s board of directors recognizes a small group of fellows as Living Legends. To be eligible, a Living Legend must have been a fellow for at least 15 years and have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and healthcare throughout their careers. Since initiation of the award in 1994, the academy has honored 82 Living Legends to commemorate distinguished careers that have impacted healthcare through notable contributions to nursing practice, research and education.

“We unite across generations of leadership, as we celebrate the career contributions of these distinguished nurse leaders,” Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN, academy president, said in the release. “We are inspired by their values and commitment, and we hope to build on their success to improve the nation’s health.”

Pender also is a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is a researcher and author who has published a significant amount of work on health promotion and physical activity among adolescents. Pender is a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Illinois Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. She also served on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which develops preventive services guidelines for primary care providers.


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