Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Donna Diers Keynotes "Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing"

March 27, 2012

Donna DiersDonna Diers, the Annie W. Goodrich Professor Emerita and Lecturer in the Nursing Management, Policy and Leadership Program at YSN, was the keynote speaker for the recent 2012 Greater New Haven’s Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing.

The awards took place on May 10, at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Conn., and was hosted by The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNASCC).

"We are honored that Professor Donna Diers was the keynote speaker for the 2012 Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing,” said John Quinn, President  & CEO of the VNASCC. “It is most fitting that Professor Diers addressed our Nightingale honorees as she herself exhibits the qualities of a Nightingale; she has made a significant impact on the nursing profession and has achieved a life-long legacy in nursing.”

In addition, Professors Angela Crowley and Pat Jackson Allen were honored with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, a program originally developed by the VNA/SCC to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of this program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.

Professor Crowley, PhD, APRN, PNP-BC, FAAN, is an Associate Professor in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty Masters Program. She practices as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and teaches master’s nursing students in the areas of family studies, research, early care and school health, and pharmacology. Dr. Crowley received her B.S.N. degree from The Catholic University of America, her M.A. in Parent- Child Nursing from New York University, her PNP post graduate certificate from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD from the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her research, publications, community activities, and professional involvement for more than 20 years has focused on improving health and developmental outcomes for children and their families in out-of-home child care settings.

Professor Jackson Allen, MS, RN, PNP, FAAN joined the faculty of Yale School of Nursing in the Spring of 2003 to teach in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty. Prior to coming to Yale, she taught at the University of California, San Francisco and was director of the Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing Program there for over 10 years. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Connecticut, training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she worked on the adolescent unit upon graduation. She then obtained her Master's Degree in Maternal-Child Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and 15 years later, her certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Her area of professional scholarship focuses on the primary care needs of children with chronic health conditions.

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing are non-competitive and inclusive of all health care settings - hospitals, home health care, health centers, schools, health departments, long-term care facilities, nursing schools, agencies, and medical practices. Their employers may nominate Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who demonstrate excellence for recognition if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, scholarship, and/or education.

To learn more about nominating a nurse, visit www.nightingalenursingawards.org/newhaven.