Tener G. Veenema, RN, PhD, MPH, FAAN, associate professor in the department of community-public health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, was named one of 32 recipients worldwide of the 2013 Florence Nightingale Medal.
Instituted in 1912 by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Florence Nightingale Medal is awarded to nurses or nursing aides for exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of a conflict or disaster as well as for exemplary service or a pioneering spirit in public health or nursing education, according to a news release. Veenema is one of five 2013 recipients from the U.S.
Joining these incredible nurses who achieved just amazing career work within the field of disaster nursing is certainly inspiring me to continue on with my work and my personal career goal to develop a national nursing workforce that has the knowledge and experience to respond to any emergency, Veenema said in the release.
Veenema earned her PhD at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Nursing, where she also designed and implemented a masters degree program in healthcare leadership with a focus on disaster response and emergency preparedness. After nine years there, Veenema left to head up the Tener Consulting Group, which provides strategic guidance, technological expertise and educational services for workforce development related to disaster preparedness and emergency public health services.
A volunteer American Red Cross nurse for more than 25 years, Veenema serves as an invited member of the organizations National Scientific Advisory Committee. In her role as a volunteer nurse, Veenema has provided assistance and guidance to victims of numerous national disasters and disaster response teams deployed by the American Red Cross. Veenema was heavily involved in the response to Hurricane Katrina, working with the chief nurse and Disaster Health Services leadership team.
I hope that while Im at Hopkins I can use my experience as a Red Cross nurse to prepare nurses and other emergency medicine professionals here at Hopkins, and in the greater Baltimore area, to respond to a national disaster, Veenema said in the release.