American Nurses Foundation Announces 2015 Honor A Nurse of the Quarter

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Ann A. Lyons, MSN, PhD, RN, CNE, honored for her exemplary display and embodiment of the passion and purpose of nursing.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Foundation has named Ann A. Lyons, MSN, PhD, RN, CNE, as the Nurse of the 3rd Quarter for its Honor A Nurse program. Sponsored by Lippincott Solutions and Wolters Kluwer, the program acknowledges nurses who have made a difference in the lives of others.

This quarter, the Foundation received hundreds of Honor A Nurse submissions describing the amazing work nurses are doing around the country. The Foundation chose Lyons as the Nurse of the Quarter for her life-long dedication to her students and the nursing profession.

Active in many nursing organizations, she ensures that the voices of nurses and nursing students are heard. Lyons has been an educator for 34 years. “She is the ‘Gold Standard’ of what a nurse educator, faculty member, and advisor should be,” stated Joe Middleton, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CEN, CC/NRP, a former student inspired by Dr. Lyons, who nominated her for the honor. “I do not feel that true mentors are assigned to us.  I believe that true mentors are relationships that are developed between people who share genuine respect.  I view Dr. Lyons as one of my true mentors.” 

The Honor A Nurse Program, created by the Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and supported by the Lippincott Solutions team at Wolters Kluwer, recognizes nurses for their extraordinary contributions to health care. The program enables colleagues, friends, family and leaders to honor and tell the stories of nurses who have made a positive difference in nursing locally or globally. The funds raised by the Honor A Nurse program are used to support nursing research, scholarships and programs to improve nurses’ lives and the nursing profession.

Lead sponsor Wolters Kluwer, developer of the Lippincott Solutions clinical decision support and professional development software suite, is using its resources and the power of its Lippincott brand to raise awareness for the Honor A Nurse program.  

“The Foundation is honored to recognize Ann Lyons and nurses like her who truly elevate the profession with their dedication, compassion and mentorship of other nurses,” said Kate Judge, executive director of the American Nurses Foundation. “Because of the impact nurses like Ann can have on patients and their families, the health of the entire community can be transformed.”

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About the American Nurses Foundation
The American Nurses Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The Foundation supports programs that transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.