Anderson receives award for work to advance nursing education


November 13, 2012 (Columbus, OH) - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently awarded the Sister Bernadette Armiger Award at the association’s fall semiannual meeting in Washington, DC, to Carole A. Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN, former dean and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University College of Nursing for significantly advancing nursing education and practice. 

Carole AndersonThe Sister Bernadette Armiger Award was established in 1982 to honor Sr. Bernadette Armiger's distinguished service to AACN. This award recognizes individuals who significantly advance nursing education and practice. The selection criteria stresses active participation at AACN meetings and service to the organization, and national recognition for significant contributions to nursing education, scholarship, leadership, and advancement of the nursing profession.

Anderson is serving a one-year assignment as special projects coordinator for academic policy in the Office of Academic Affairs. Prior to that appointment she served as dean of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She was vice provost for academic administration as well as dean of the College of Nursing from 1986-2001. During her tenure as dean she also served as assistant vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the health sciences.

Anderson is the past editor of Nursing Outlook and has served on the board of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Columbus Board of Health and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was a charter member and two-term chair of the Scientific Review Group of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH), has served on and chaired the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, and was a board member and past president of the AACN.

During her career in nursing, Anderson has played an active role in changing and shaping baccalaureate and graduate nursing education with particular emphasis on the desired linkages between nursing education and nursing practice. In addition, Anderson has written and spoken of the need for academic nursing programs and their faculty to become solidly embedded in the academic fiber of colleges and universities.

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