WIN proudly recognizes outstanding members with the following 2020 awards and honors.
The honorary designation of WIN Emeriti was established in 1984 by the Western Council on Higher Education for Nursing (WCHEN). The Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) has continued this honorary designation to recognize retired nurses or other individuals who have demonstrated distinguished service to WIN or its predecessor, WCHEN.
Judith A. Berg, PhD, RN-C, WHNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, Clinical Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
ANF / WIN RESEARCH GRANT
The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) and the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) jointly sponsor a research grant to a WIN member selected through the ANF selection process.
Alexi Vasbinder, BSN, Pre-Doctoral Candidate, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
MARTHA (MARTY) J. LENTZ WIN / CANS DISSERTATION GRANT
The purpose of the Martha (Marty) J. Lentz WIN/CANS dissertation grant is to foster doctoral student dissertation research. Preference is given to biobehavioral studies in recognition of the additional expense of such studies. The grant was named after Dr. Martha (Marty) Lentz in 2020 in recognition of her commitment to mentoring doctoral students and for her many contributions to nursing research and to WIN. Two awards were given in 2020.
Joo-Hee Han, MSN, RN, PhD Student, School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Victoria L. Tiase, BSN, MSN, PhD Student, College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
STTI / WIN RESEARCH GRANT
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) jointly sponsor a research grant to encourage qualified nurses to contribute to the advancement of nursing through research.
Sharon Ruyak, PhD, CNM, RN, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
ANN M. VODA AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE/FIRST NATION CONFERENCE AWARD
The Ann M. Voda American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nation Conference Award was established in 2008 by Ann Voda to encourage American Indian/Alaskan Native/First Nation nursing students or nurse clinicians to participate with the WIN community of scholars.
Randi Powell Sexton, MN, FNP Candidate, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
ANNA M. SHANNON MENTORSHIP AWARD
The Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award was established in the name of the former Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing, Montana State University – Bozeman who unselfishly supported and promoted the professional growth of other nurses in the West.
Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and The Aljoya Endowed Professor in Aging, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
CAROL A. LINDEMAN AWARD FOR A NEW RESEARCHER
The New Researcher Award was established in 1976 by Carol A. Lindeman to support nursing researchers early in their careers. In 1987, the award was renamed to recognize Dr. Lindeman for her contributions and support of colleagues.
Christine Platt, MSN, FNP, PhD Student, College of Nursing, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
JO ELEANOR ELLIOTT LEADERSHIP AWARD
In 1988, Jeanne Kearns, formerly Executive Director of WIN, established the Jo Eleanor Elliott Leadership Award. This award honors Jo Eleanor Elliott for outstanding leadership while serving as the Director of Nursing Programs at WICHE and the Executive Secretary of WCHEN from 1957-1980.
Sheena Ferguson, MSN, RN, ANA-I Fellow-in-Training, DNP Student, College of Nursing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
WESTERN ACADEMY OF NURSES
The Western Academy of Nurses recognizes and honors nurses who have demonstrated excellence in nursing practice and who have advanced nursing in direct care, education, or research.
Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Professor, Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Paula A. McNeil, RN, MS, Executive Director (Retired), Western Institute of Nursing, Portland, OR
Teresa Ward, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Chair, Child, Family & Population Health Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA