Established in 1979 to honor Jessie M. Scott, former assistant surgeon general and director of the Division of Nursing Health Resources Administration, Public Health Service, of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, this award is presented to a registered nurse whose accomplishments in a field of practice, education, or research demonstrate the interdependence of these elements and their significance for the improvement of nursing and health care.
About Jessie M. Scott
Jessie M. Scott was associated with the Division of Nursing from 1955 until retirement in 1979. She became the second director of the division in 1964. She administered the nurse training acts and was instrumental in directing federal programs of support for nursing education that improved the quality of both education and practice. Under her directorship, research efforts were intensified to expand the scientific base of nursing practice and incorporate the results of research into practice and education. Jessie Scott was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal of the Public Health Service in 1973 and the ANA Honorary Recognition Award in 1972.