FHSU nursing honor society recognized for research dissemination in nursing

Fort Hays State University's nursing honor society, Nu Zeta, is among the 2002 Pinnacle Award recipients announced recently by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Recipients of the Pinnacle Award have been published in the third quarter issue of Reflections on Nursing Leadership.

The Pinnacle Award is given to nurses and nursing programs, or chapters, acknowledged for their excellence in mentoring, research, media and technology. Research information is then disseminated to the public through posters, papers and publications as a regional focus to continue education. FHSU was the only Kansas school to be given the award.

Nu Zeta first implemented its annual graduate nursing research dissemination project in the spring of 1998 under the leadership of Dr. Janice Unruh Davidson. She is currently completing her term as the FHSU nursing honor society president.

"The efforts of scores of graduate and undergraduate nursing students in addition to nursing faculty and alumni over the past five years have greatly contributed to the success of this project," said Davidson.

The Annual Graduate Nursing Research Dissemination Project was initiated by Davidson as an outgrowth of the FHSU Department of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner project's course to provide a forum for the dissemination of nursing research.

Since 1998, the FHSU honor society has continued to contribute to the success of the event by providing efforts to bring in distinguished lecturers to deliver keynote presentations on a variety of topics. The university has also kept the project growing for six years by creatively implementing research into posters and publications.

"It is quite a distinction for the FHSU nursing honor society to be among the five international recipients of the Pinnacle Award in the category of Research Dissemination in Nursing," said Davidson, "FHSU nursing students, alumni and faculty should be quite proud of this recognition of excellence."

Selection of FHSU's nursing honor society as an exceptional chapter in this category will automatically qualify the society for international competition to be recognized at the next biennium convention in Toronto in 2003.

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