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November 09, 2011

Pinnacle Leadership Recognition Awardees

On November 4, 2011 the Ballroom at the Chicago Hilton Hotel was filled with nurse leaders from Illinois for the 14th annual Power of Nursing Leadership networking and luncheon sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago. This year’s theme was New Challenges for Nursing in the 21st. Century. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD, former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health. Satcher spoke of nurses’ exemplary leadership on health related issues as well as the challenges still to be faced in working toward health equity and the elimination of health disparities. Ethical leadership, he said, is required to face these challenges and is comprised of three facets-integrity, civility, and community. Successful health outcomes depend on appropriately identifying the impact of social determinants of health and on partnering with communities to eliminate barriers to health and health disparities.

In addition to Dr. Satcher’s keynote address, a hallmark of the event was the recognition of several exemplary nurse leaders in Illinois. One category of award, the Pinnacle Leader Recognition, was awarded to 31 nurse leaders in the state who were nominated by their organizations. It is noteworthy that three of the Pinnacle awardees were graduates of the Nursing Program at Governors State University(GSU). The three GSU graduates recognized were: Maria Nehmer, RN, MSN, University of Illinois Medical Center, Brenda Rocha, RN, DNP Advocate Condell Medical Center, and Jacqueline Whitten, MSN, DNP, Advocate Trinity Medical Center. The success of these nurses is a wonderful honor for GSU and the Nursing Program. Congratulations to all!

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