S.O.N. Faculty Win Nursing Honors

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

School of Nursing Graduate Programs Associate Dean DeLois Weekes and Prof. Joellen Hawkins (SON) have been recognized by two professional organizations for their contributions to the field of nursing.

Weekes received the Excellence in Nursing Practice Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association, while Hawkins was elected a distinguished practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Nursing.

Weekes was honored for her contributions to the science of nursing practice through her research on children and adolescents with cancer, and how they confront the experience of cancer treatment.

Weekes also was recognized for her work on national review panels, including the Division of Nursing and the National Institute for Nursing Research, and for her service to the profession through recruitment, teaching and mentoring activities.

"For DeLois to have been in the Boston area for only two years and receive this honor is a tremendous accomplishment," said SON Dean Barbara H. Munro.

"I have a real sense of appreciation to be honored in such a way by my peers and colleagues," Weekes added. "To have them recognize and overtly value what I have perceived to be important contributions to nursing over the years is satisfying."

Weekes runs regular workshops and seminars for young people interested in becoming nurses, and for adults at various levels in the profession. She organizes events for black and Hispanic nurses, and has taken an active interest in increasing the number of AHANA nurses with master's and doctoral degrees.

As one of 100 NAP members, Hawkins, who has a lifetime appointment to the organization, will advise Congress on health care issues ranging from ethics to financing. She was one of only five nurses elected this year to the academy and is the only SON faculty member in the NAP.

"This recognition of Joellen's contributions to nursing practice, as well as to scholarship, is wonderful for her, and I'm confident that her presence on the nursing academy will add to its distinction," said Munro. "She is one of a few SON faculty members who have maintained a clinical practice, and this prestigious honor recognizes her excellence in practice."

"I was honored to be elected to the academy and look forward to working with the other members on improving the health care system in this country," said Hawkins, who is editor-in-chief of Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners: The International Journal of NPACE , which provides news of research and policy affecting health care delivery and education.

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