Luther Christman Award - 2014

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Michael L. Evans, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Texas Nurses Association

From nursing student to his current position as nursing dean, Dr. Evans has championed innovation through visionary leadership.

He was president of the Texas Nursing Students’ Association and then served on the board of the National Student Nurses’ Association as director/Imprint editor. He later held the offices of treasurer and president of the Texas Nurses Association. He was a leader in creating and implementing the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Impaired Nurses, the first program of its type in the country. This program has protected jobs and licenses of thousands of nurses who entered treatment, and 45 states now have peer assistance programs for nurses based on this model.

On the national level, as the only hospital chief nursing officer on the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors, he was a leader in the early discussions to create the Magnet Recognition Program®. Dr. Evans served ANA as Constituent Assembly chair, two terms as secretary and then as treasurer. He is now serving as president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Evans was one of the first hospital chief nursing officers to formally and regularly measure staff nurse job satisfaction with a plan for continuous improvement. This innovation was so successful that he strongly advocated that it be included in the original Magnet® standards. Now more than 400 Magnet hospitals around the world use this process to enrich nurse workplace satisfaction.

After 25 years in hospital nursing administration, Dr. Evans’ career bridged to academic nursing administration as the founding dean of the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis, where he executed a bold strategic plan that transformed the school. Currently, he serves as the dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, where he has led the expansion of programs throughout Texas via innovative and exciting online delivery, including implementing the first graduate nursing informatics program in Texas.

Dr. Evans also makes significant contributions to literature about leadership, policy, political action and nursing’s power base, and he mentors emerging leaders in service, education, policy and advocacy.