Honorary Recognition Award

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Recognizing distinguished national or international service to the nursing profession.

Honorary Recognition Award


First presented at the 1954 biennial convention of the ANA. Honorary Recognition is one of the highest honors the association can accord. This award is given only to persons who have rendered distinguished service or valuable assistance to the nursing profession, and whose contributions and accomplishments are of national or international significance to nursing.

2012 Recipient

Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAANBrenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN
Oncology Nursing Society

Brenda Nevidjon has had an extraordinary nursing career of leadership in both service and education in her specialization of oncology nursing and beyond. Currently a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, she has integrated her passion for oncology nursing and leadership development into a career that has influenced individuals and organizations nationally and internationally.

Nevidjon’s career is distinguished by her charting new territory as the first nurse and first woman to be chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital from 1996-2000, developing and managing the first oncology unit at Duke University Medical Center from 1978-1981, and participating in the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program. Through diverse clinical and administrative experiences in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, she has devoted her energy to bridging practice settings and academic environments to advance patient care, create innovative work environments, promote scholarship in practitioners, and develop leaders.

She also has helped develop and has led professional nursing organizations at the local, national, and international levels. She has contributed substantively to the Oncology Nursing Society and advanced the design and development of what today is the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology and the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Alumni Association. She is a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association.

Nevidjon has contributed extensively to nursing literature and is regarded as a mentor for nurses to develop their power and voice through publication. Her publications are diverse, including two volumes of oncology nurses’ narratives, as well as books, articles, and chapters on oncology topics. She also has published articles and book chapters on administrative topics, such as the role of advanced practice registered nurses and the nursing shortage. She is a frequently invited speaker for oncology nurses and has advanced leadership development through consultations and programs nationally and internationally in Cyprus, the Middle East, Singapore, and China.
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