List of Past Role Award Winners

Advanced Practice Nurse
The Advanced Practice Nurse Award recognizes a nurse in an advanced role who has contributed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing care. Candidates who have a graduate degree in nursing and demonstrate expertise in assessing health needs, developing diagnoses, planning, implementing, and managing client’s care, and evaluating outcomes of care would be appropriate nominees for this award.

Past Winners
2012: Patricia Garvin-Higgins
2011: Therese Gion
2010: Cindy Gatens
2009: Laura Ferber
2008: Kathleen Dunn
2007: Marilyn Pires
2006: Robin Guttler
2005: Barbara Ridley
2004: Eileen Sherburne
2003: Lisa Cyr Buchanan
2002: Patricia Haldi
2000: Jeanne Mervine
1999: Ann Marie Smith
1998: Sylvia Diaz
1997: Rhonda Olson

Case Manager
The Case Manager Award recognizes a nurse who has actively engaged in the advancement of the case manager’s role within the rehabilitation field. Candidates who demonstrate the implementation of trans-disciplinary coordination and cooperation, serve (by participating) as mentors to new case managers, and exhibit professional organizational involvement would be appropriate nominees for this award.

Past Winners
2013: Patricia Jackson
2012: Sue Brown
2011: Karen Holland
2010: Pamela Thomson
2009: Susan Wirt
2008: Crystal Barker
2007: Stacey Helvin
2006: Cathleen King
2005: Donna Williams
2003: Linda Breslin
2002: Debra Dzenko
2001: Patricia Reekers
2000: Jerrie Sue Williams
1999: Twyla Kleen
1998:Jocelyn Nascimento
1996:Jennifer Garda
1995: Linda McDonald

Educator
The Educator Award recognizes a nurse who has contributed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing care through an academic or educational role. Candidates who demonstrate leadership ability and effectiveness in the educational development and mentoring of rehabilitation nurses or students and support the advancement of rehabilitation nurses through continuing or formal education would be appropriate nominees for this award.

Past Winners
2013: Brenda French
2012: Mary Biggins
2011: Karen Reed
2010: Ann Gutierrez
2009: Christine Marlett
2008: Mary Jean Kotch
2007: Kristen Mauk
2006: Christiana Lassen
2005: Pamela Masters-Farrell
2004: Sharon Duffy
2003: Cindy Gatens
2002: Darlene Finocchiaro
2001: Linda Pierce
2000: Kathleen Stevens
1999: Kathleen Haydon
1998: Sylvia McDonald
1997: Joanne Evans
1996: Patsy Getz

Nurse Executive
The Nurse Executive Award recognizes a rehabilitation nurse who has contributed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing care in a high-level administration role. Candidates who demonstrate leadership ability, innovation, and effectiveness in administration, support educational development of their staff, successfully represent rehabilitation nursing views, serve as mentors for new and potential nurse executives, and exhibit professional organizational involvement would be appropriate nominees for this award.

Past Winners
2011: Michelle Camicia
2010: Lisa Bagley
2008: Paula Martinkewiz
2007: Aries Limbaga
2006: Debra Frost
2003: Modestine Ishmon Fain
2000: Beth Ann Daugherty
1999: Stephanie Vaughn
1998: Terri Sue Patterson
1995: Hyunok (Heidi) Do

Nurse Manager
The Nurse Manager Award recognizes a nurse who has contributed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing care in a middle management position. Candidates who demonstrate strong clinical, leadership, and management skills, good interpersonal and interdisciplinary relationships, a high level of initiative and creative problem-solving ability, and serve as mentors for new and potential nurse managers would be appropriate nominees for this award.

Past Winners
2013: Diana Campos
2012: Donna Bagley
2011: Anne Leclaire
2010: Janelle Janowiecki
2009: Dale Wong
2008: Gail Sims
2007: Lynn Wetherwax
2006: Melinda Barrington
2005: Kathleen Urban
2004: Kathleen Lee
2003: Kathy Geering
2000: Pauline Desjarlais
1999: Anne Wheatley
1998: Mary Sanchez
1997: Clea Kirkwood
1996: Jean Domer

Researcher
The Researcher Award recognizes a rehabilitation nurse who is committed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing through research.

Past Winners
2003: Alexa Stuifbergen
2002: Audrey Nelson
1999: Linda Pierce
1998: Rosemarie King
1997: Mary Jo White

This award is now being offered in the following two categories:

Masters Prepared Researcher
The Masters Prepared Researcher Award recognizes a rehabilitation nurse who is committed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing through research. Candidates who actively participate in research, serve as mentors for new and potential researchers, or support research in the field through active involvement in professional organizations committed to this end (e.g., active member of Sigma Theta Tau) would be appropriate nominees for this award.

Doctorate Prepared Researcher
The Doctorate Prepared Researcher Award recognizes a rehabilitation nurse who is committed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing through research. Candidates who actively participate in research, serve as mentors for new and potential researchers, or support research in the field through active involvement in professional organizations committed to this end (e.g., served on RNF Research Fund Committee, active member of Sigma Theta Tau) would be appropriate nominees for this award.

Past Winners
2013: Kathleen Brewer-Smyth
2011: Barbara Lutz
2007: Stephanie Vaughn
2005: Ann M Smith

Staff Nurse
The Staff Nurse Award recognizes outstanding practice by a rehabilitation nurse in a direct patient care role. Candidates who are actively employed as rehabilitation nurses practicing in a direct patient care role would be appropriate nominees for this award.

Past Winners
2013: Susan Krinsky
2012: Angela Persohn
2011: Joanne Pugh
2010: Karyn Kling
2009: Pauline Martin
2008: Sue Wang
2006: Betty Wong
2005: Robert Hall
2004: Janet Zumwalt
2003: Pam Howell
2002: Regina Hospodar
2000: Crystal Barker
1998: Mary Beth Wiener Eggers
1997: Patricia Tuccitto
1996: Elizabeth (Queenie) Juntilla
1995: Sue Creech
1994: Ann Marie Smith
1993: Twyla Kleen
1992: Cathy Redel
1991: Robert Seliskar