PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 7, 2010 – Jefferson School of Nursing employees, faculty and alumni were recognized for their service and accomplishments at an annual awards ceremony in June.
The Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes a Jefferson employee who has rendered exceptional service to the School and its students by demonstrating flexibility, problem solving, courtesy, attention to the needs of students and other constituents and going above and beyond the call of duty, was awarded to Cathy J. Dervrich, BS, Director, Administrative Affairs. Mary G. Schaal, EdD, RN, Dean, Jefferson School of Nursing, said, “Cathy approaches each situation in a professional, courteous manner and consistently goes the extra mile to ensure a successful outcome to each situation. Her innate kindness and sense of humor make her eminently approachable.”
Two alumni awards – the Emerging Leader Award and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award – were given this year to recognize the achievements of former Jefferson students. Many of the honored alumni are Jefferson employees, either as faculty members or at the hospital. Delores Grosso, BSN’81, MSN, DNP’09, CRNP, a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital employee, accepted the Emerging Leader Award. Dr. Grosso was recognized for her significant research contributions, which revolve around stem cell transplantation. Her doctoral work, “A Two-Step Approach to Allogenic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Hematologic Malignancies for HLA Partially-Matched Related Donors,” is currently influencing practice nationally.
Thomas J. Loveless, BSN’02, MSN’02, CRNP, graduate program instructor and director of simulation and clinical skills, accepted the Alumni Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional contribution of time, resources and expertise in the advancement of the School’s mission. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Mr. Loveless served as president of the Jefferson College of Health Professions Alumni Executive Board and is a member of the Jefferson Center for Interdisciplinary Education (JCIPE) Steering Committee. He is also the founder of the Northeast Support Group, a monthly support group for people infected with and affected by AIDS.
Several JSN faculty were also recognized for their dedication and achievement at the annual ceremony. Sharon M. Burke, MSN, RN, APRN, BCEN, CCRN, undergraduate program instructor, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award, awarded by a committee of students in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the education, scholarship and service missions of the University.
Kathryn M. Shaffer, MSN, RN, CNE, graduate program instructor, accepted the Fred & Sadye Abrams Award for Excellence in Clinical or Laboratory Instruction for her exceptional ability to foster learning in the clinical or laboratory setting. In particular, Ms. Shaffer has embraced the application of technology to nursing education. She has led the development and implementation of technology-based scenarios that support students’ analysis of clinical situations, selection of nursing interventions and evaluation of the outcomes. Ms. Shaffer also created the “Jeff R. Son” simulation family. Her work has been presented and enthusiastically received by colleagues at nursing conferences across the nation.
Kellie Smith, MSN, RN, graduate program instructor, received the Dean’s Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty members for their performance in higher education. Ms. Smith has applied her expertise in nursing informatics and electronically-mediated education to the development of technologically-advanced nursing curriculum and courses that are available to students totally online. “Kellie generously and unselfishly shares her knowledge and expertise with her colleagues in JSN and with other members of the University community. She is patient and supportive in assisting her colleagues and students as we transition into the electronically-mediated environment,” said Dean Schaal.