FNP Program Director Wins Nurse Practitioner Educator Award

APRIL 7, 2014 - The director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies has been recognized with an education award from a national professional organization.

Kathryn K. Ellis, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, received the 2014 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties at a ceremony on April 5 in Denver.

“It is an honor to receive this award from NONPF for doing something that I love – educating future nurse practitioners,” says Ellis, who helped spearhead the launch of Georgetown’s first-ever online degree program in 2011.  “I have been privileged to work with dedicated and talented faculty and staff at Georgetown to provide our student-centered, values-based curriculum to NP students located across the nation.”

Professional Contributions

The award, according to NONPF, recognizes an individual who contributes to nurse practitioner education through innovative curriculum development, outstanding teaching ability, educational policy development, and the development of creative teaching techniques and strategies.

Ellis’ colleagues Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP, FNP-C, assistant professor of nursing, and Melody Wilkinson, MSN, APRN, FNP-BS, instructor of nursing, wrote the letter of nomination. 

They cited – among a number of accomplishments – Ellis’ work on the online graduate nursing program, her mentorship of students and faculty, and her collaboration with Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network to establish an advanced practice nursing presence in the emergency winter shelter.

‘Excellence and Values’

“She has fostered the expansion of the nurse practitioner role to underserved communities affording students and faculty across the nation the inimitable privilege of learning and mentorship in the tradition of Georgetown excellence and values,” the two wrote.

Jeanne Matthews, PhD, RN, chair of the Department of Nursing, offered her congratulations to Ellis.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Ellis named to this honor,” she says.  “During her time at Georgetown, she has been a role model for the nurse practitioner faculty and has advanced the mission of the department and school by preparing high-quality, values-focused advanced practice nurses. We are so proud of her accomplishments.”

Award-Winning Poster

In related news, a team of nursing faculty won the Advanced Practice Education Associates (APEA) Outstanding Poster Award during the NONPF ceremony. 

Lori Brien, MS, ACNP-BC, adjunct instructor of nursing, Maureen Moriarty, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Tiffany Pellathy, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, interim director of the AG-ACNP/CNS Program, and Catherine Tierney, MS, ACNP-BC, adjunct instructor of nursing, submitted the poster, “Challenges and Innovative Solutions for On-line Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Student Clinical Placements.”  Ellis picked up the award on their behalf.

By Bill Cessato