AANP Announces National Leadership Award Recipients

AANP is pleased to announce recipients of the 2019 AANP National Leadership Awards. The awards will be presented during the opening general session at the 2019 AANP National Conference in Indianapolis on June 19.

The Towers Pinnacle Award is presented annually to an individual who, through policy, practice or education, has made outstanding contributions resulting in increased national recognition for nurse practitioners (NPs) and increased opportunities for NPs to provide care to patients.

The 2019 Towers Pinnacle Award will be presented to Joyce Pulcini, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, for her many significant contributions to NP practice and patient care through policy work, development programs and international support of the NP role. Dr. Pulcini was instrumental in establishing one of the first international journals for NPs. She is an expert on the evolving roles of NPs throughout the world, focusing on NP education, reimbursement, political advocacy and removal of barriers to practice. She is currently professor and chair of George Washington University School of Nursing (GW Nursing) and Director of GW Nursing Community and Global Initiatives.

The Sharp Cutting Edge Award is presented to an individual who has shown leadership through innovative services, technologies or advocacy activities that advanced NP practice and patient care on a national level.

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the 2019 Sharp Cutting Edge Award recipient. Dr. Wakefield has been a long-time champion of advanced practice nursing, especially NPs. In 2009, she was appointed Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator by President Barack Obama, where she directed key elements of the Affordable Care Act. She works on health care issues at the international level and was a consultant for the Global Programme on Aids at the World Health Organization. In 2015, she became U.S. Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, serving in that position until the conclusion of the Obama Administration. Dr. Wakefield was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2009, 2011 and 2013.