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U.Va. Nursing Alumni Association Presents Awards

October 30, 2002-- The University of Virginia School of Nursing Alumni Association presented its Distinguished Professor Award to Ann Baile Hamric and its teaching award in Excellence in Teaching to Carolyn Eddins during the Family Weekend celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Distinguished Professor Award recognizes superior accomplishments in teaching, research and service. Hamric, who has been at U.Va. since 1999, is an internationally recognized scholar and leader in the area of advanced nursing.

“Ann Hamric embodies the title of distinguished professor. … Her contributions in the realm of scholarship, teaching and service demonstrate a level of excellence that is in keeping with the reputation of this fine University,” reads an excerpt from a letter of nomination.

Recognized as an outstanding teacher and colleague in the field of ethics, Hamric’s role in U.Va.’s Institute for Practical Ethics is “highly valued as an intelligent, passionate, and articulate spokesperson for clinical ethics and for the integral role of nursing in applying ethics to health care,” a colleague notes. Recently she helped secure a $554,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to develop a nation-wide program to educate nurses about research ethics.

Hamric earned her nursing degree in 1970 from Vanderbilt University. Three years later, she was awarded a master’s degree in nursing from the University of California at San Francisco and in 1996 she earned a Ph.D. in nursing ethics from the University of Maryland.

The Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching and clinical training for undergraduates, was presented to Eddins for her outstanding teaching and clinical training for undergraduates. The Award “is designed to acknowledge unique contributions and this accurately describes Mrs. Eddins’ work,” writes a colleague. She “has a unique passion for excellence in nursing and she restlessly encourages, pushes and nags, her students to stretch themselves and strive for excellence,” according to another notation.

Eddins is an assistant professor of nursing whose advanced education is in curriculum and instruction in helping to assist new faculty with basic instructional skills. Eddins, certified at U.Va. as a family nurse practitioner since 1996, received her undergraduate degree in biology from Columbia University in 1976 and a master’s in nursing from Emory University in 1985.

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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