Terry A. Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor and director of the community & systems health science division at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, has been honored with the Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award from the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). Dr. Badger is the first faculty member from the UA College of Nursing to receive this honor.
The annual award recognizes an outstanding mentor who demonstrates unselfish efforts to support and promote the professional growth of other nurses in the West.
Considerations for the award include:
• Serving as a role model for leadership and professionalism
• Being actively involved in supporting the professional development of nurses and/or nursing students
• Communicating a vision of nursing that inspires others
“Dr. Badger is a visionary, an international nursing leader, an exemplary mentor and an inspiration for nurses and nursing students,” said Kate G. Sheppard, PhD, RN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, clinical associate professor at the UA College of Nursing and one of Dr. Badger’s mentees. “Those who have had the great fortune of being mentored by Dr. Badger are now spread throughout the United States, and many of these accomplished scientists, teachers and clinicians still refer to her as their ‘mentor.’”
Dr. Badger’s outstanding nursing leadership is evidenced by her significant contributions within WIN, including her leadership as president from 2004 to 2006, and selection to give the 2013 Distinguished Nursing Research Lecture. A seminal role model for leadership and professionalism, Dr. Badger has been inducted into the multi-disciplinary Fellowship of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society as well as the American Academy of Nursing and the Western Academy of Nursing.
“Her vision for nursing inspires others to reach higher, work harder and move the profession to a higher echelon of understanding,” said Jason T. Shuffitt, DNP, FNP-BC FAANP, associate dean of learning and health care technology innovations and clinical assistant professor at the UA College of Nursing, in support of her nomination.
Over the years, Dr. Badger has been selected by graduate and undergraduate nursing students to receive the Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, the Outstanding Honors Faculty Award, the College of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award and the Extraordinary Faculty Award.
Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu