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Publish Date: 07/05/02
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Cheryl Peterson Named College of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus

Cincinnati--University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing graduate Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN, current director of the International Nursing Center, was presented the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus Award for her outstanding contributions to nursing. Peterson is chief liaison for the American Nursing Association (ANA) with other countries.

In her nomination letter, Bev Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN, Royal College of Nursing, said "Ms. Peterson coordinated the response of the ANA to the world during and after the September 11 tragedy. Her commitment to the profession, keen intellect, depth of knowledge and strong ethics help make her an excellent advocate for nurses and the profession of nursing. She represents the U.S. as a willing partner based on the principle of mutual respect in the international community."

Another graduate of the UC College of Nursing, Francie Wolgin, MSN, RN, co- nominated Peterson and said that she is also an expert in bioterrorism response and on the international nursing shortage. Wolgin, who is program officer for the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati said, "Her excellent education from UC positioned her to become the leader she is today."

One of the many articles written by Peterson and published in professional journals was entitled "Nursing Shortage--Not a simple problem, no easy answers." This article appeared in the online Journal of Issues in Nursing, January 31, 2001.

According to Patricia Powell, PhD, RN, senior policy fellow in the ANA Department of Nursing Practice and Policy, "She is a visionary who has the courage and conviction of her beliefs and is also an incredibly kind, thoughtful and nice person." ANA President Mary Riley, MS, RN, said "I consider Cheryl to be a policy expert on the nursing workforce."

Peterson is also a senior policy fellow at the ANA Department of Nursing Practice and Health Policy, and has held numerous positions in that organization over the years. She has served as a captain in the Army Nurse Corp., U.S. Army Reserves, and was a cardiology nurse at the University Hospital in Cincinnati.



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