Recognizing significant contributions to the professional advancement of staff nurses and improvement of the general welfare of staff nurses.
Established in 1995 to recognize an individual staff nurse who has made significant contributions to the professional advancement of staff nurses and improvement of the general welfare of staff nurses, and who has demonstrated leadership in the nursing profession.
Mary Ellen Patton, RN, has exemplified the qualities of a staff nurse leader for over twenty years as a local, district, and state officer and on the ANA Board of Directors. As a staff nurse, Mary Ellen served on the ANA Board of Directors for eight years while also serving as the Ohio Nurses Association Treasurer for four of those years. Patton has continually served the local unit and district in many capacities and continues to serve ANA on various committees. Mary Ellen has shown staff nurses that it is not only important to be involved but it is possible to do it as a staff nurse. She has been an inspirational role model and mentor to staff nurses all over the country as an often-requested speaker, ANA board member and a founding member of the Institute of Constituent Member Collective Bargaining Programs. She has won the Mary Ellen Patton Staff Nurse Leadership Award (1996), ANA Shirley Titus Award (1982), the Ohio Nurses Association Diamond Jubilee Nurse Award (1989), the YMCA Woman of the Year (1990), and the Youngstown Recognition of Leadership (1988-1989). She has stimulated involvement with community projects by her multitude of activities with children and handicap organizations such as "Fulfill a Dearm of Hoio," "Year of the Handicapped" park project and "Year of the Child" project.