Georgetown Nursing Professor Earns ISPN Hendrix Award

APRIL 4, 2014 – A Georgetown University nursing professor earned the Hendrix Lectureship Award at a recent meeting of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN).

As award winner, Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN, associate professor of nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies and division director for the society’s Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, will present a lecture at the 2015 conference in Seattle.

“This is an incredible honor from my psychiatric-mental health nursing colleagues who are most familiar with my work and impact on mental health promotion,” Yearwood says.  “This motivates me to continue to raise the level of my scholarship, mentoring, and service to underserved, disenfranchised, marginalized, and stigmatized individuals and groups who are challenged daily by their mental health status.” 

Honoring a Colleague

The award and lectureship, according to ISPN, honor the memory of the late Melva Jo Hendrix, DNSc, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of Kentucky who was a “pioneer in psychiatric-mental health nursing and leadership.”

“This lectureship is to celebrate her leadership and recognize her numerous contributions to psychiatric-mental health nursing,” the society says.

Awardees are selected on the basis of the several criteria, including being an articulate speaker, showing evidence of leadership or emerging leadership, recognition of work in the community, and work with underserved populations.

Dedicated Leader

Pamela Galehouse, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CNL, associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing, and Vicki P. Hines-Martin, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, nominated Yearwood.

Galehouse noted that Yearwood, who won the society’s President’s Award in 2012, has remained dedicated to improving care for the undeserved, disenfranchised, and most vulnerable.

“As a leader, in both mental health care and the movement to establish both equity for and understanding of our diverse professional and consumer population, she is well deserving of this premier form of recognition from her psychiatric nursing colleagues,” she says.

‘Shining Example’

Hines-Martin echoed the sentiment.

“Dr. Yearwood is a shining example of what we want ISPN to represent – advocate, scholar, and teacher,” she says.  “She also clearly reflects the mission of Melva Jo Hendrix – using your skills and talents to the benefit of those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged, and underserved. Edilma is the complete package wrapped in a welcoming and nurturing personality.”

Among her professional achievements, Yearwood has served on the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster and co-edited Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (Wiley-Blackwell, March 2012).

By Bill Cessato