Inspiring the Next Generation of Nurses and Patient Care Advocates

Teri Pipe, PhD, RN

On behalf of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, I am proud to join nurses from across the country in celebrating National Nurses Week 2018. With over 10,000 of our BSN, MSN, PhD and DNP graduates serving throughout the workforce, the education and expertise we provide prepares the next generation of nurses and patient care advocates across the country. This week is a time to not only reflect on the education we provide future generations of nurses, but to celebrate the accomplishments of those nurses who have dedicated their lives to the service of others. At the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, we are fortunate to have nursing faculty whose dedication and inspiration are deserving of recognition at the national level. 

For those nurses who are about to enter the workforce, it is vital that we provide the opportunities they need to experience health care outside of the classroom and out in the real world. That’s why for the third year our college is proud to send health care students, including BSN students like Faith Winston, to an eight-week study abroad program in Peru. These kinds of opportunities are vital for nurses to engage in service learning, learn more about traditional and rural health practices, and gain valuable hands-on experience with community-based health interventions.

While our nursing students leap at the chance to test their education, it is our faculty who are receiving well-earned recognition for a career of patient care. Pauline Komnenich, PhD, RN, and Elizabeth Reifsnider, PhD, RN, FAAN, were recently selected for induction to the Western Academy of Nurses at the 2018 Western Institute of Nursing Conference.  Nurses are selected based on evidence of their advancing nursing through excellence in research, practice, and education. In recognition for her community health program “Los trastornos del sueño y la promoción del sueño saludable,” Carol Baldwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, was named an Academy Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing. Edge Runners are nurses who have designed innovative models of care or interventions which improve health, impact cost and influence policy. Her program is a nurse-designed community-based sleep health program that includes promotores, or community leaders that help bridge the gap between neighbors and the nurses, physicians and others delivering care.

Our college’s commitment to nursing excellence goes beyond the support we provide our own students and faculty.  It means sharing our knowledge and best practices with nurses around the world. The College of Nursing and Health Innovation had the pleasure of welcoming international guests from the Nursing Department at the University of Pharmacy and Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The group, which included the dean of the department and several professors, traveled to Phoenix as part of a two-week-long stay to learn more about health care education in the U.S., and to explore our college’s facilities, meeting faculty and learning more about our unique program offerings, including online courses.

To all the nurses across the country, whether you’re starting your career or passing on your skills to the next generation, thank you, and enjoy National Nurses Week!

Teri Pipe, PhD, RN, is Chief Well-Being Officer, Dean and Professor at Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

This blog post is part of a series focusing on different aspects of nursing research in recognition of National Nurses Week. Visit for more information.

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