VCU School of Nursing dean to receive one of nursing’s highest honors

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VCU School of Nursing Dean Jean Giddens will receive the NLN Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing Dean Jean Giddens, Ph.D., will receive one of the National League for Nursing’s highest honors on Sept. 16.

Giddens, who was selected from a competitive field of nominees, will receive the NLN Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education during the NLN Education Summit in San Diego. Named after a noted educator, administrator and author considered the world’s first professor of nursing, the award is presented to an NLN member who leads through scholarly activities, contributes as a leader in nursing education, encourages creative interactions with students from diverse backgrounds, mentors and serves as a role model for junior faculty, and publishes scholarly works that advance nursing education knowledge.

In addition to receiving the Mary Adelaide Nutting Award, Giddens will be inducted as a Fellow of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education, also considered an outstanding recognition of excellence in nursing education.  

I am truly honored to be recognized for this award and humbled to be in the company of such distinguished past recipients,” Giddens said. “This award really represents the collective efforts of nurse educators across the country who make a difference. “

A nationally recognized expert in nursing education, curricula and evaluation, Giddens joined VCU School of Nursing in July 2013. She previously held various leadership roles at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

Known for significantly influencing nursing education nationally and for developing innovative teaching and learning strategies, Giddens has been actively engaged with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action through her involvement with academic progression in nursing on the national level as well as with state action coalitions in New Mexico and Virginia. Launched by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Association of Retired Persons and the AARP Foundation as a response to the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is designed to improve America’s health through nursing. 

Giddens is the author of multiple journal articles, nursing textbooks, and electronic media and serves as an education consultant to nursing programs throughout the country. Giddens is also an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Wharton Executive Leadership Program. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in nursing from University of Texas, El Paso, and a doctorate in nursing from Colorado State University.


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