The Mary Ellen Patton Staff Nurse Leadership Award was established in 1995 to recognize an individual staff nurse who has made significant contributions to the professional advancement of staff nurses and who has demonstrated leadership in the nursing profession.
About Mary Ellen Patton
The Mary Ellen Patton Staff Nurse Leadership Award was established in 1995 to recognize Mary Ellen Patton who exemplified the qualities of a staff nurse leader as a local, district, and state officer during her eight year tenure on the ANA Board of Directors. Patton also served simultaneously as Treasurer for the Ohio Nurses Association for four of those years.
Patton who served the local unit and district in many capacities showed staff nurses that it is not only important to be involved but it is possible to do it as a staff nurse. Patton has been an inspirational role model and mentor to staff nurses all over the country as a an often-requested speaker, and former member of the ANA Board of Directors.
Patton received the Mary Ellen Patton Staff Nurse Leadership Award (1996), ANA Shirley Titus Award (1982), the Ohio Nurses Association Diamond Jubilee Nurse Award (1979), the ONA Elizabeth K. Porter Award (1989), the YMCA Woman of the Year (1990), and the Youngstown Recognition of Leadership (1988-1989). Patton also stimulated involvement with community projects by her multitude of activities with children and handicap organizations such as "Fulfill a Dream of Ohio," "Year of the Handicapped" park project and "Year of the Child" project.