Dr. Allan receives national Nursing Excellence Award
Dr. Janet Allan, dean of the School of Nursing, was recently awarded a 2001 Nursing Excellence Award from NurseWeek magazine. Dr. Allan was one of 60 outstanding nurses chosen from more than 250 nominees from the four states served by the magazine's South Central edition. She was honored in the category, Advancing the Profession.
"These nurses represent the outstanding accomplishments of nurses throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas," said Beth Ulrich, editor of NurseWeek's South Central edition. "They are our heroes." Dr. Allan earned her Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco. She has been dean of the School of Nursing since 1997. Under her leadership, the school established The Center for Violence Prevention, The Center for Evidence-Based Nursing and The Center for Community-Based Health Promotion in Women and Children. These three interdisciplinary centers, located within the School of Nursing, are dedicated to addressing three important elements of the UTHSC mission: education, practice and research. Currently the School of Nursing has more than $2. 5 million in research funding. This year the school was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to establish the gerontological nurse practitioner program, which is the school's third practitioner program.
Dr. Allan is active in several local, regional and national nursing organizations including, the American Academy of Nursing where she is a member of the board of directors, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the Southern Nursing Research Society. Dr. Allan serves as co-chair and one of two nurses on the 15-member U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. This task force develops evidence-based national guidelines for the screening, counseling, immunization and chemoprophylaxis of asymptomatic and at-risk individuals throughout their life span. She also has worked with members of the Greater San Antonio Hospital Council to develop a community-supported and community-based approach to the nursing shortage and to nursing workplace environment issues.
Dr. Marilyn Harrington, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, co-chaired the workforce sub-group with Dr. Allan during the Sept. 10 Health Care Summit in San Antonio.
"Dr. Allan not only is an excellent nurse educator, she is a scholar," Dr. Harrington said. "She continues to advance the science and art of nursing through her own research. She is known nationally for her research in the area of women and weight management, and for her contributions to nursing and to the public's health. She is a true pleasure to work with and is dedicated to the School of Nursing and to the UTHSC. She is a true colleague in developing solutions to the health care workforce crisis."
Since establishing the Nursing Excellence Awards in 1998, NurseWeek magazine has honored more than 300 nurses throughout the country. NurseWeek is the nation's leading source of news and information for nurses, reaching 1 million RNs in 28 states. For more information about the Nursing Excellence Awards or NurseWeek magazine, go to www.nurseweek.com.