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Nursing faculty receive statewide awards

October 16, 2015

Four East Carolina University College of Nursing faculty members have been recognized by statewide nursing organizations this month.

Dr. Elaine Scott, Tomika Williams and Dr. Carol Winters were recognized at the North Carolina Nurses Association annual convention, held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Concord, N.C. Dr. Sonya Hardin is a member of the 2015 class of North Carolina's Great 100 Nurses and will be inducted at the Great 100 Gala on Oct. 17 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

"Congratulations to Tomika Williams and Drs. Scott, Winters and Hardin," said College of Nursing Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown. "These faculty members embody ECU's culture of excellence and further extend our position as a leader in nursing education."

Dr. Elaine Scott
Dr. Elaine Scott

North Carolina Nurses Association

Nurse Administrator of the Year
Dr. Elaine Scott, associate professor and director of the East Carolina University PhD program in nursing, was named Nurse Administrator of the Year. Scott founded the ECU-based East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership and served as director for nine years. She is past director of the college's nursing leadership concentration. She is a member of the ECU College of Nursing Hall of Fame and a past recipient of ECU's Scholar-Teacher Award. Prior to entering academia, Scott worked for 20 years in a variety of clinical and administrative roles.

Dr. Tomika Williams
Tomika Williams

Mentorship in Nursing
Tomika Williams, clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing's Graduate  Department, earned the Mentorship in Nursing Award. Williams has a strong track  record of mentoring nurse colleagues and, more recently, students. Known to her  colleagues as a motivator, she is always willing to share her knowledge and  assist others in becoming their best selves. She often encourages opportunities  for professional growth and helps to facilitate professional connections for  many of her nurse colleagues seeking to advance their education or expand their  development. Williams, who is pursuing her PhD in nursing, has research  interests in geriatrics, physical activity, and long-term care.

Dr. Carol Winters
Dr. Carol Winters

Nurse Educator of the Year
Dr. Carol Winters, professor and director of the nursing education concentration in  the master of science in nursing program, received the Nurse Educator of the  Year Award. Winters is highly regarded as an empathetic and supportive student  adviser, and an effective contributor to research projects and dissertations.  She brings extensive expertise in curriculum design to her position and serves  on numerous college-wide committees, including the Graduate Curriculum  Committee. Winters also shares her nurse education skills on a global level:  She is active in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as  well as the Elsevier Foundation Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy.

Dr. Sonya Hardin
Dr. Sonya Hardin

Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina

Dr. Sonya Hardin, interim associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Nursing, has been named one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. The Great 100 is a peer recognition program that started in 1989 to recognize nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to the profession.

Hardin is an expert in geriatric nursing and ethnogeriatrics — health care for older populations from diverse backgrounds. Her work has included collaborating with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Hartford Foundation to help create geriatric nursing educational modules and standards of care that are used across the country.

Hardin, who continues to provide health care to North Carolina's underserved populations as a nurse practitioner, is the primary investigator on the College of Nursing's largest ever grant. That award, $2.5 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will allow ECU and its partners to build a comprehensive geriatric workforce.