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
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
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.
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."
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.