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November 12, 2009

UW School of Nursing Dean Marla Salmon to receive the Copeland Award

By Ashley Wiggin
School of Nursing


Marla Salmon, the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Dean in Nursing at the UW School of Nursing, is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Edith Moore Copeland Award for Excellence in Creativity. The Copeland Award is one of six Founder’s awards bestowed by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, and is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Society.


Salmon is receiving this award for her work on the book NURSE: A World of Care. The society cited her work nationally and internationally in support of a positive view of nursing around the globe, culminating in the book. As the book’s senior editor, Salmon “brought to life a celebration of the extraordinary work of nurses throughout the world,” according to the society.

The book promotes global health while sharing the saga of nurses and their profound acts to make a difference in the world. From the poorest communities to the high-tech bastions of overuse of care, wrote the society, “NURSE takes us to the intimate intersection between nurses and peoples’ lives. NURSE, heartwarming with powerful visual impact, reflects Salmon’s worldwide vision and her understanding of nursing globally.”

In addition, the society also highlighted Salmon’s creative contributions to nursing as the founding director of the Lillian Carter Center of International Nursing at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Through her work there, she established the first global network of Government Chief Nursing Officers and successfully brought them together with their key leadership partners to advance collaborative health planning and programs around the world.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) honors nurses and others for their contributions to professional excellence with the 2009 International Awards for Nursing Excellence. These awards recognize achievements in the fields of technology, media, chapter excellence, research and leadership.

For more information about NURSE: A World of Care, click here. Watch the accompanying seven-minute video online.