Wright State professor of nursing Ann Stalter receives national innovation award

Ann Stalter, professor of nursing at Wright State, left, and Janet Nice, director of the Indiana School of Nursing’s RN to BSN Degree Completion Option.

Ann Stalter, Ph.D., professor of nursing at Wright State University, is co-recipient of a prestigious national nursing award for her contributions to the quality and safety of health care.

Stalter and Janet Nice, director of the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option at the Indiana School of Nursing, are the 2021 recipients of the Jane Barnsteiner and Joann Disch Innovation Award from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN).

QSEN addresses the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.

“In nursing education circles this a huge honor,” said Stalter.

The award is given to academic or clinical leaders who exemplify innovation in patient-centered care, teamwork, quality improvement, safety, research and in developing future innovators. It is named in honor of Jane Barnsteiner, a nurse educator and practitioner, and clinical leader Joanne Disch, founders of the QSEN project.

“This award honors your dedication and contributions to quality and safety and to the QSEN mission,” Mary Dolansky, QSEN director, wrote in an email to Stalter and Nice. “Your collaborative work has led to important advances in spreading the QSEN competencies in both education and practice.”

The award will be presented June 2 during QSEN’s virtual conference.

The Wright State College of Nursing and Health was one of 15 QSEN pilot schools. In 2007, Stalter was a dean-appointed delegate for Wright State.

Stalter earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing administration and a master’s degree in education technology-health professions from Wright State and a Ph.D. in public health nursing from The Ohio State University.

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