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FNA Wall of Honor

The FNA Hall of Fame recognizes Florida nurses who have made, sustained, and enduring contributions of enduring value to the nursing profession. This is FNA's highest honor. Congratulations to the FNA's Hall of Fame Awardees:

2015: Barbara Judkins, EdD, MEd, MPH, BSN, RN
2015: Barbara Thoman-Curtis, RN
2015: Robert Levy, FNA Lobbyist
2014: Mary Lou Brunell, MSN, RN
2014: Jean Kijek, PhD, RN
2014: Barbara Russell, MPH, RN
2013: Anne Peach, MSN, RN, CNAA, BC
2013: Jo Manion, PhD, RN, NEW-BC, FAAN
2013: Sande Garcia Jones, PhD, ARNP, ACRN, FAAN 
2012: Claydell Horne, RN
2012: Patricia Messmer, RN
2011: Mike Nilsson, RN BSN
2009: Charlotte Dison, MSN, RN
2005: Paula Massey, MS, RN
2005: Barbara Lumpkin, RN
2005: Lois Malasanos, RN, PhD
2005: Willa Carson, RN
2005: Ruth Jacobs, RN
2005: Nancy Hartley, RN
2005: Carolyn Vallone, RN
2001: Dorothy Smith, ARNP
2001: Margretta Madden Styles, RN
2001: Mary Elizabeth Carnegie, RN
2001: Undine Sams, RN

2015 Florida Nurses Association Award Winners

Mary Cash Award recognizes an individual nurse who has made outstanding contributions to cultural diversity in nursing and health care.

  • Doris Edwards, MSN, RN of Hallandale, FL

Undine Sams Award recognizes an individual staff nurse, collective bargaining eligible, who has made significant contributions to enhance the rights and welfare of nurses through labor employee relations and work place advocacy activities.

  • Not Awarded

Nurse Educator Award recognizes a Nurse Educator who is committed to education and the educational process. They create a stimulating environment in which to mentor students and/or clients through the learning process.

  • Dr. Yamina Alvarez of Deerfield Beach, FL

Barbara Lumpkin Award recognizes a nurse who has made a significant impact in political and legislative issues affecting nurses, nursing, and quality health care.

  • Christina Oliva, DNPc, ARNP-C, CCRN of Ocala, FL

Heather Scaglione Award recognizes an FNA member’s significant and outstanding contribution to support the work of the Florida Nursing Student’s Association and nursing students.

  • Dr. Krisann Draves of Rockledge, FL

Registered Nurse Practice Award honors an individual nurse, working in a role other than an advanced practice role, who has demonstrated excellence in a nursing practice setting.

  • Shirley Phillips, RN of West Palm Beach, FL

Advanced Practice Nursing Award recognizes an individual Advanced Practice Nurse who exemplifies excellence in performing the advanced practice role.

  • Dr. Angela Ritten of Sorrento, FL

Community Action Award recognizes outstanding voluntary contributions by FNA members (group or individual) to the health and welfare of a community through an organized and systematic effort.

  • Yolanda Nitti, MSN, RN of Hialeah, FL

Nursing Research Award recognizes a nurse who has produced research of scientific merit with relevance to the practice of nursing.

  • Dr. Daleen Penoyer of Orlando, FL

Promoting and Environment for Excellence in Nursing Practice honor employers, nursing service departments or other entities that create a work environment supportive of professional nursing practice.

  • Dr. Amy Pettigrew of Miami, FL

Legislator of the Year recognizes a politician who is a spokesperson in Tallahassee for the advancement of the nursing profession and improved health care.

  • Senator Rene′ Garcia of Hialeah, FL

Communications/Media Award honors an individual or group in the field of communications for production of written or electronic media which educates the public about nursing and nursing’s impact on health care.

  • Carolyn Jones is the award winning filmmaker and creator of the documentary, The American Nurse

President’s Award honors an individual that is selected by the FNA president for their outstanding contribution to both the nursing profession and to FNA over the past year.

  • Laura Bailey, ARNP-BC of Jacksonville, FL

The Education and Advocacy Awardrecognizes a nursing education program that promotes professional activities and educates nursing students about advocacy through inclusion of related content in the curriculum and participation in related activities.

  • University of Central Florida College of Nursing of Orlando, FL

Nursing Administration Award honors an outstanding administrative leader in nursing.

  • Jill Tahmooressi, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, NCSN of Weston, FL

Nursing Innovation and Creativity Award recognizes individuals, groups or institutions who have demonstrated innovation and creativity in any area of nursing. The innovation or creative endeavor may be demonstrated in the area of patient care delivery, hands on care, research, education, community service, leadership and management, or other areas not covered above.

  • Marc Rupp, MBA, MSN, RN, CCRN of Clearwater, FL

Special Recognition Award honors an individual, nurse, organization, or group for actions or programs consistent with the philosophy, goals, and mission of the Florida Nurses Association.

  • The Nurses Charitable Trust of South Florida Region

2015 FNA Lamplighters

We are pleased to honor the 2015 FNA Lamplighters for their 25 years of continuous membership in FNA/ANA.

  • L. Carol Boyington
  • Valerie Browne
  • Gloria Castenholz
  • Helen Cook
  • Marie Cowart
  • Kathy Donovan
  • Darlene Edic-Crawford
  • Catherine Evans
  • Nancy Frizzell
  • Eileen Froehlich
  • Mary Goodwin
  • Nancy Hayes
  • Myrtle Henry
  • Janice Hess
  • Bonnie Hesselberg
  • Rhea Hurwitz
  • Susan Irvin
  • Barbara Johnson
  • Sue D. Littell
  • Stephanie Moore
  • Lucille Pica
  • Carolyn Rackmill
  • Susan Ricci
  • Cynthia Schneider
  • Diane Scott
  • Suzanne Sendelbach
  • Diana Swihart
  • Bonnie Taggart
  • Joyce Thompson
  • Denise Townsend
  • Darlene Tucker
  • Margaret Varnadore

2015 FNA Diamond Award Recipients

We are pleased to honor the 2015 FNA Diamond Award recipients for their 50 years of continuous membership in FNA/ANA.

  • Barbara Lumpkin
  • Betty Wajdowicz

2015 FNA Clinical Excellence Exemplar Winners

  • Ritchel Articulo, BSN, RN from Tampa General Hospital Culture Care: A Family’s Perspective
  • Ruth Anne Milstead, BSN, RN from Value Options – Tricare South Federal Services, Inc. ”Be Patient, Care Coordinator”
  • Frank Wood, BSN, RN-BC from Tampa General Hospital From Listless to Laughter
  • Jennifer Lalau, RN OCN from Moffitt Cancer Center Cody’s Story: We All Have Something to Learn from Each Other