Luther Christman Award - 2012

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2012 Recipient

Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, RN, FAAN
Georgia Nurses Association

Tim Porter-O’Grady has a demonstrated record of outstanding contributions to the nursing profession as a leader, innovator, and advocate. Currently senior partner at the consulting firm that bears his name, his passion and dedication are exemplified in his landmark work as one of the founding architects of shared governance in nursing practice. The model now serves as the prevailing model of structuring the professional practice of nursing in more than 1,000 settings internationally.

Porter-O’Grady is recognized for his leadership, initiative, and ability to propel ideas into action. He is considered a critical resource for advancing the profession and a dedicated professional who is motivated to achieve high standards of excellence. Among his many achievements, Porter-O’Grady fostered the linkage between nursing practice and community. He initiated a federal grant to establish a model for homeless health care in Atlanta, resulting in 26 clinics and city-wide mobile health services for the underserved.

While he was vice chair of the board of Catholic Health East, the hospital health system initiated new quality performance measures that still serve as the standard for the system. During his term as chair of the Georgia Nurses Foundation, the foundation obtained more than $600,000 to erect a state-of-the-art professional building in Atlanta.

At the national level, he served on President Clinton’s National Health Policy Council as a health systems adviser for transforming the American health system. He is a prolific writer on the topics of health leadership, policy, future trends, and service, winning the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award eight times. Known as a futurist who asks, “what can be” rather than “what is,” his recent work on transformational leadership is facilitating a new vision for nurses within health care organizations.