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Hopkins Nursing Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

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Posted: 7/8/2009

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) associate professor Anne E. Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, has been honored with two awards for Excellence in Teaching: a National League for Nursing Award and a Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Award.

Belcher, who serves as director of the JHUSON Office of Teaching Excellence, is a 40-year veteran of nursing education with expertise in oncology and the psychological effects of cancer. In
nominations for the awards, her colleagues, including Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, noted, "She has touched the lives of hundreds of students at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels, and countless more nurses have benefited from her teachings in continuing education courses on topics such as patient education, oncology nursing issues, spirituality, humor, and professional development."

"Our region is exceptional in that it produces so many nurses who continually demonstrate excellence in teaching, mentoring, and leadership," Belcher said, referring to the six regional finalists for the Nursing Spectrum Excellence in Teaching Award.  She was named regional winner at the 2009 Nursing Excellence Awards Gala in Greenbelt, MD on June 9. She will join other regional winners in a national pool from which six national Excellence Award winners will be selected, with overall Nurse of the Year awards announced at the end of the year.

According to National League for Nursing CEO Beverly Malone, the NLN Awards Committee unanimously selected Belcher as winner of the NLN Excellence in Teaching Award, although the organization received an unprecedented number of nominations this year. Belcher will receive the award at the NLN Education Summit on Saturday, September 26.