Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award Winners

About the Award

As one of the nation’s most respected advocates for higher education in nursing and interprofessional engagement, Dr. Polly Bednash worked tirelessly during her 28 year tenure at AACN to improve the quality of our nation’s health care by preparing a well-educated nursing workforce. This lectureship award honors Dr. Bednash for her distinguished record of service to AACN.  Award recipients are chosen by the AACN Board of Directors on the basis of their scholarship and the notability of their contributions to nursing, health care, higher education, and/or interprofessional education.  Awardees are asked to share pragmatic insights with deans when presenting at the AACN Deans Annual Meeting (formerly known as the Spring Annual Meeting).  Learn more

2018 Winner

From left to right: AACN Board Chair Dr. Ann Cary, Award Winner Dr. Brenda Zierler, Professor and Interprofessional Education Scholar in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center

 

The Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award was presented to Dr. Brenda Zierler, Professor and Interprofessional Education Scholar in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center. This award was established in 2014 to honor AACN’s previous Chief Executive Officer, who led the association for 28 years.  Award recipients are chosen on the basis of their leadership and scholarly contributions to interprofessional education. 

Dr. Zierler has made a substantial impact on interprofessional education. She currently holds faculty appointments in Nursing, the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, and in Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education. Dedicated to the improvement of quality and safety, particularly in the area of cardiovascular disease, she has focused on improving collaborative practice in accountable care organizations so that healthcare teams can co-produce health services with patients and families to meet their goals.

As the co-director of the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research, and the co-lead of the University of Washington’s Institute for Translational Health Science, Dr. Zierler is leading teams at the intersection of practice, research, and teaching. She has been instrumental in the development of the University of Washington School of Nursing’s PhD program curriculum, which ensures that graduates have competencies in interprofessional education and research.

2017 Winner

From left to right: AACN Past Chair Dr. Juliann Sebastian, Award Winner Dr. David Garr, and AACN President and CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman

Dr. David Garr, Associate Dean for Community Medicine, Professor of Family  Medicine, and Executive Director, South Carolina AHEC, Medical University of South Carolina. 

 

2016 Winner


From left to right: AACN Past Chair Dr. Eileen Breslin, Award Winner Dr. Sarah E. Shannon, and AACN President and CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman

J. Randall (Randy) Curtis, MD, Professor, School of Medicine and Director, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence; and Sarah E. Shannon, PhD, Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, School of Nursing, and Adjunct, Bioethics & Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2015 Winner


From left to right: Dr. Stephen C. Shannon, Dr. Carol A. Aschenbrener, Dr. Lucinda L. Maine and Dr. Richard W. Valachovic

The founding members of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC): Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD, Chief Medical Education Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges; Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, Former CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; Stephen C. Shannon, DO, President and CEO American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine; Harrison C. Spencer, MD, President and CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health; and Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, President and CEO, American Dental Education Association.