Luther Christman Award

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Recognizes the contributions that an individual man in nursing has made to the profession of nursing.

Established in 2007, the ANA acknowledges the valuable role of men in nursing with the establishment of the Luther Christman Award. The Luther Christman award recognizes the significant contribution an individual man has made to the nursing profession. It is named in honor of Dr. Luther Christman and his outstanding service to advancing the nursing profession.

Luther Christman Award
Luther Christman, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been a champion for improving professional nursing practice and elevating the educational level of the nursing profession. Throughout a nursing career that has spanned 65 years, he established a premier school of nursing that pioneered the practitioner-teacher role and science-based academic models from the baccalaureate through the doctorate levels. As founder and dean of the Rush University College of Nursing, his name is often linked to the "Rush Model," a unified approach to nursing education and practice that continues to set new standards of excellence in the United States and abroad. Christman also was an early leader in the development of the role of the clinical nurse specialist. Through practice, research and publications he helped identify the value of the clinical nurse specialist in providing quality patient care. A champion of diversity in nursing, Christman was the first male to be named dean of a nursing school in the United States. As dean of Vanderbilt University's School of Nursing, he was the first to employ African-American women as faculty at Vanderbilt. Christman strongly supported the recruitment of more men into the nursing profession. He was the founder of the American Association for Men in Nursing, as well as a founder of the National Student Nurses Association. A visionary leader in nursing, Christman has served as an innovator and consultant to nursing schools, health care agencies and professional organizations in nursing and medicine around the globe. He is a national treasure in nursing and health care.

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.