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Dr. White and Dr. Yancey are March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Winners

October 14, 2015

Southern Illinois University School of Nursing’s (SIUE SON) Dr. Kim White and Dr. Val Yancey were winners at the March of Dimes’ fourth annual Nurse of the Year Award ceremonies Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.

The March of Dimes presented 20 awards to nurses who exemplify an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and customer service in their respective disciplines.

Dr. Kim White, RN, PhD, MSN, CNS-BC and executive director of WeCare Clinic at the SIUE East St. Louis campus, won in the category of Case Management, Public/Occupational Health. Her clinical areas of expertise are public health and rehabilitation, both orthopedic and neurological.

White, along with other members of the SIUE SON, SIUE School of Pharmacy and Department of Social Work, recently developed a nurse patient advocate (NPA) model for the WeCare Clinic and is principal investigator for a $1,085,903 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant expands services of the WE CARE Clinic and ensures high quality, comprehensive and patient-centered care under one roof through the innovative NPA model.

Dr. Valerie Yancey, RN, PhD, HNC, CHPN, and associate professor at SIUE SON, won in the category of Education. She has authored several scholarly publications and is a member of professional societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau, the Epsilon Eta Chapter, Missouri Nurses Association, American Holistic Nurses Association and the American Critical Care Nurses Association as a lifetime member.

Yancey’s clinical areas of expertise are critical care, ethics and palliative/hospice care. Her scholarship activities include the spiritual dimension of health and healing, holistic nursing, nursing ethics, critical care stress management and post-traumatic stress injury after combat.

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