TAANA Awards

Cynthia Northrop Distinguished Service Award

The TAANA Foundation established the Cynthia Northrop Distinguished Service Award to recognize an individual member's leadership role in, and significant contributions to, TAANA. The award is named for Cynthia Ellen Northrop, who died in November 1989 at the age of 39. Cynthia was the founder of TAANA and served as its first president.


The award is intended to serve as an expression of sincere gratitude for the member's committed leadership, participation in, and contributions to the purposes of TAANA and its growth as the professional association for nurse attorneys.


Former Recipients of the Cynthia Northrop Distinguished
Service Award

  • 2015 - Teressa Sanzio
  • 2014 - JoAnn Pietro
  • 2013 - Kathleen Murphy Jones
  • 2011 - Randi Kopf
  • 2010 - Kathleen McCormac
  • 2009 - Trudy Kiaunis
  • 2008 - Janet Feldkamp
  • 2007 - Amy Jerdee
  • 2006 - Rosemary Conlon McCarthy
  • 2005 - Cynthia Mikos, Susan Ziel
  • 2004 - Randi Kopf
  • 2003 - Elizabeth Beall
  • 2002 - Sally Austin
  • 2001 - Paula DiMeo Grant
  • 1998 - Linda M. E. Auton
  • 1996 - Julie Bargnesi
  • 1995 - Tonia D. Aiken
  • 1994 - Tamara Todd Cotton, Karen Shedd Guarino
  • 1993 - D. M. Boulay
  • 1991 - Felice Quigley
  • 1990 - Sandra Berkowitz
  • 1989 - Cynthia E. Northrop*
  • 1988 - Katherine J. Pohlman
  • 1987 - Diane Trace Warlick
  • 1986 - Cynthia E. Northrop*

 

* = deceased

Outstanding Advocate Award

TAANA established the Outstanding Advocate Award to recognize an individual member's outstanding legal advocacy. The Awards Committee recognizes that a nurse attorney can be an advocate in various ways, such as making an impact on legislation, authoring scholarly works such as law review articles, books, journal articles, as well as achieving significant rulings in appellate practice, trial practice, and administrative law practice (e.g., hearings before various state boards). The award is intended to give recognition to a member whose legal theories, strategies, and abilities demonstrate outstanding advocacy.


Former Outstanding Advocate Award Recipients

  • 2015 - Randi Kopf
  • 2014 - Kathleen Gialanella
  • 2013 - Marc Meyer
  • 2012 - Karen J. Halpern
  • 2011 - Taralynn Mackay
  • 2008 - Edie Brous
  • 2007 - Janet Michael
  • 2006 - Suzanne Edgett Collins
  • 2005 - Phyllis Gallagher
  • 2004 - Diane K. Kjervik
  • 2003 - Karen Butler
  • 2002 - Penny Brooke
  • 2001 - Joanne Sheehan
  • 1998 - Diane K. Kjervik
  • 1997 - Peggy L. B. Nakamura
  • 1996 - Penny G. Westfall
  • 1995 - Diane M. Rodriguez
  • 1994 - Kathleen H. Switzer
  • 1993 - Virginia Trotter Betts
  • 1992 - Kathleen E. Hastings
  • 1989 - Cynthia E. Northrop*, Kathleen Flynn Peterson
  • 1988 - Marie E. Snyder
  • 1987 - Jill M. Follows
  • 1986 - Mary E. Kelly

 

* = deceased

 

Outstanding Section Member Award

TAANA established the Outstanding Section Member Award to recognize members of each TAANA Section (Education; Litigation; Legal Nurse Consulting; Health Law, Legislation, and Compliance; and Students). The recipient of the award has demonstrated excellence in providing resources, education, and leadership to the section members, the health care and legal communities, and TAANA as a whole.


Education Section
  • 2015 - Carolyn Dolan
  • 2011 - Melinda Mitchell Jones
  • 2010 - Kathleen Mixson
  • 2007 - Teressa Sanzio, Sharon Bridges
  • 2006 - Janet Feldkamp
  • 2005 - Laurie Badzek
Legal Nurse Consulting Section
  • 2006 - Meredith Chiarelli
  • 2005 - Conswella Byrd
Students Section
  • 2010 - Marc Meyer
  • 2006 - Jean Kasper
  • 2005 - Daniel Tounsel III
Litigation Section
  • 2013 - Latonia Denise Wright
  • 2012 - Elizabeth Higginbotham
  • 2011 - Nancy Roper Wilson
  • 2010 - Phyllis Gallagher, Teressa Sanzio
  • 2009 - Kathleen Kearney
  • 2008 - Diane Warlick
  • 2007 - Daneil McAuliffe
  • 2006 - Trudy Kiaunis
  • 2005 - Karen Butler


 

Health Law, Legislation, & Compliance Section
  • 2014 - George Indest
  • 2011 - Patricia Blair
  • 2007 - Randi Kopf
  • 2006 - LaTonya Wright
  • 2005 - Amy Jerdee
 

Outstanding Chapter Award

Members recommended a chapter by completing an application form and portfolio with visual and other descriptive materials that documented the following criteria: excellence in providing resources, education, and leadership to its members and the health care and legal communities. Two letters of support by TAANA members accompanied the application.
  • 2014 - Chesapeake Nurse Attorneys
  • 2012 - Texas Chapter
  • 2010 - Chesapeake Chapter
  • 2009 - Connecticut Chapter and Texas Chapter
  • 2006 - New England Chapter
  • 2005 - New York Metropolitan Chapter



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