Jessie M. Scott Award

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Recognizing demonstration of the interdependent relationships among nursing education, practice and research.

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. The 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.
Jessie M. Scott Award

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.

2012 Recipient

Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN
North Carolina Nurses Association


Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, has enacted commitments to improving health, health care system performance, and nursing professional development through a career of leadership in integrating nursing practice, education, and research.

In practice, Cronenwett has served as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing research, and director of professional practice. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), she was responsible for research, academic affiliations, and the Nursing Practice Council professional practice structure. Her innovations in these roles, disseminated in editorials and publications, were precursors to the evidence-based practice initiatives seen today.

While at DHMC, Cronenwett served terms on the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) nursing study section and on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, NIH, contributing unique expertise in science relevant to practice and administration. She also served as president of the New Hampshire Nurses Association, and chair of the American Nurses Association’s Congress on Nursing Practice.

In academia, Cronenwett served in faculty roles at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and UNC-Chapel Hill. She came to UNC in a distinguished professorship that involved integrative work between the school and hospital and subsequently served 10 years as dean of the school. She furthered work on academic-practice partnerships, served as a board member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and initiated the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-funded Quality and Safety Education for Nurses project. This national initiative is changing nursing education to produce graduates with the competencies needed to continuously improve the quality, reliability, and safety of the health care systems within which they work.

Cronenwett is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and National Academies of Practice. She currently serves as co-director of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program.
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