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."
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.
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.
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.
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.