May 23, 2011 — University of Virginia nursing professor Ann Baile Hamric will receive the Distinguished Nurse Award from the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at a May 26 awards banquet in the Rotunda.
The mission of the society is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
"Ann Hamric's dedication to training the next generation of nurse leaders to truly understand what's at stake for patients and families and the moral dimension of nursing practice has made a difference for hundreds of students at U.Va.'s School of Nursing," said Nursing School dean Dorrie Fontaine, Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing. "She is an international leader for advanced practice nursing and has written 'the book' on the topic."
Hamric joined the U.Va. School of Nursing in 1999 and is an internationally renowned leader in advanced practice nursing and nursing ethics. She has served on four interdisciplinary ethics committees since 1975 and currently is a member of U.Va.'s Ethics Committee.
She teaches and conducts research with U.Va.'s interdisciplinary Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, specifically related to the phenomenon of moral distress and ethical issues in research.
She was recognized for substantive contributions in nursing ethics at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities' Affinity Group for Nursing and was invited to address the state of research for the first international symposium on moral distress.
Hamric has served as senior editor for six books on advanced practice nursing: two editions of "The Clinical Nurse Specialist in Theory and Practice," and four editions of "Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach."
Hamric "demonstrates consistent courage and perseverance in pursuing her quest for a better understanding and utilization of moral norms and patterns of ethical reasoning as we sort through increasingly complex patient care decisions," said David Strider, an acute care nurse practitioner who nominated Hamric for the award.
"Her leadership of the faculty as a member and past chair of the U.Va. Faculty Senate, her participation on U.Va.'s Special Committee on the Nomination of a President, which recommended now-President Sullivan to the Board of Visitors, and her prolific publication history mark some of her many accomplishments."
Hamric chaired the University's Faculty Senate during the 2009-10 academic year. She has been a member of the senate since 2004 and served on numerous committees and task forces during her tenure.
Hamric received her bachelor of science in nursing from Vanderbilt University, her master of science from the University of California at San Francisco, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
The Beta Kappa Chapter is the U.Va.-affiliated chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, which encompasses Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina and whose membership includes nurse practitioners and educators who practice worldwide. .