ST. LOUIS -- Andrew Mills, Ph.D., a Saint Louis University School of Nursing faculty member and innovator in web-based education, won the top honor for excellence as a nursing educator from St. Louis Magazine. The publication announced winners in 16 categories from among 65 outstanding finalists at its Excellence in Nursing awards reception on Wednesday.
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An independent panel of judges who selected the award finalists and winners from more than 150 nominees also gave Mills a perfect score. Winners are profiled in the May 2011 issue of St. Louis Magazine.
The director of the School of Nursing's Ph.D. program, Mills is the mastermind behind the distance learning programs for nursing students at SLU, coordinating computer-based learning that impacts nursing students across the United States and in several other countries.
He led the School of Nursing to become the first in the nation to implement a comprehensive online program that spanned multiple nursing specialties. Nurses worldwide can take on-line nursing courses at Saint Louis University and receive their Master of Science in Nursing or post-master's certificate for nurse practitioner tracks and clinical nurse specialist/case manager tracks.
Innovative Education for Busy Nurses
His work has allowed nurses who currently are employed to fit advanced education into their busy schedules, allowing them to continue to work in places including those outside the St. Louis metro area.
"With distance learning so pervasive in education today, it may be difficult to realize what a major innovation this methodology was for Dr. Mills over 13 years ago," his nomination letter noted.
"The enormous success with web-based education at Saint Louis University School of Nursing has fostered further growth and innovation. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered using a similar web-based model, again coordinated by Dr. Mills; and faculty teaching students in the Ph.D., in Nursing program use even newer online technologies to teach live web-based courses, again under his direction."
Mills received the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Margretta Madden Styles Award, which funded his research on magnet hospitals. He also was recognized with the School of Nursing's teaching excellence award for innovation.
Mills received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Saint Louis University School of Nursing and doctorate from SLU's School of Public Health.
This is the second consecutive year St. Louis Magazine named a School of Nursing faculty member as the area's top nursing educator. Last year, the honor went to Mary Ann Lavin, Sc.D., an associate professor and advanced clinical nurse practitioner. In addition, Susan Hoffstetter, Ph.D., SLUCare women's health nurse practitioner and assistant professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health, was last year's winner in the women's health category.
Other Saint Louis University School of Nursing alumni were recognized by St. Louis Magazine as outstanding nurses this year.
Award winners with SLU connections are: Nancy Lane (MSNR 98 and CNPM 03) and Marilyn Schallom (BSN 83 and MSNR 90), intensive care; Lori Watkins (MSN 90), internal medicine; Dorothy James, Ph.D., (BSN 71, MSN 74 and Ph.D. '97), leadership; and Gail Elizabeth Davis (MSN 96), surgery.
SLU nursing alums who are finalists are: Nelda Kay Martin (MSN 92), cardiovascular; Ann McMorrow Prebil (BSN 69), educator; Michelle Miller (MSN 07) and Mary Patricia Tierney (MSN 02), general practice; Elizabeth Pratt (HBSN 09), internal medicine; Laureen Katherine Tanner (BSN 82 and MSN 96), leadership; and Dawn Weinstock (BSN 95), neurology.
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