School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
November/December 2019

Professor named ‘Living Legend’

The American Academy of Nursing recently honored Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing Linda Schwartz ’84MSN, ’98DrPh, with its highest award, saluting her as a Living Legend. A decorated US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, Schwartz has tirelessly dedicated her life to improving the health of veterans. She has testified on behalf of veterans over 35 times before Congress and has served as an expert on readjustment after combat, equality for women, homelessness, and mental health care to five Veterans Affairs (VA) secretaries. As VA assistant secretary for policy and planning at the Veteran Health Administration (VHA), Schwartz oversaw the groundbreaking ruling to allow the full scope of practice authority to advanced practice registered nurses across all VHA facilities. Currently, she serves as a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s Women Veterans Task Force.

Two outstanding faculty honored

The Connecticut Nurses Association recently announced awards for two YSN faculty. Veronica Barcelona was named the recipient of the Virginia A. Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research; and Nancy Cantey Banasiak was presented with the Florence S. Wald Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nursing Practice. 

Postdoc selected for award

National Clinician Scholar Jasmine Travers was recently selected for the prestigious Harold Amos Faculty Development Program. The four-year award was created to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic nursing, medicine, or dentistry. Recipients are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background. The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) is an interprofessional fellowship program provided by Yale School of Nursing and Yale School of Medicine.

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