UIC College of Nursing Hosts 14th Annual Power of Nursing Leadership Event

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher will serve as the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Power of Nursing Leadership Event on Nov. 4 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Satcher, who was sworn in as the 16th Surgeon General in 1998, will address new challenges and opportunities facing nurses in the 21st Century. The event, sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and a host committee of local nursing leaders, brings together around 500 of the most innovative nurse leaders from academia, health systems, government, entrepreneurship and business throughout Illinois.

In this era of health care challenges, it is more important than ever to recognize strong nursing leadership, said Terri Weaver, dean of UIC’s College of Nursing.

“The Power of Nursing Leadership is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of the most outstanding nurse leaders who are shaping healthcare throughout Illinois,” Weaver said.

Several awards will also be presented to nurse leaders at the event. The Joan L. Shaver Illinois Nurse Leader Award recognizes an outstanding nurse leader who is highly influential in shaping quality health care in Illinois through hard work, dedication, supremely skilled leadership and the courage to break through barriers.

The SAGE Award recognizes nurses who have made a significant impact on the lives and careers of others through their actions as role models, facilitators and mentors. Several extraordinary nurses will also be selected and recognized as Pinnacle Nurse Leaders.

Satcher, a 1963 graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, currently serves as director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at his alma mater’s medical school. The Institute’s mission is to develop a diverse group of public health leaders, foster and support leadership strategies, and influence policies toward the reduction — and ultimately the elimination — of health disparities.

During his tenure as surgeon general, Satcher also served as assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only the second person to hold both positions simultaneously. He has also served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Satcher is the first person to have served as CDC director and then surgeon general.

Following his graduation from Morehouse, Satcher received both a medical degree and doctorate of philosophy degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Throughout his distinguished career, Satcher has received more than 40 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including awards from the National Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also the recipient of the Symbol of H.O.P.E. Award for health promotion and disease prevention.

For more information on the Power of Nursing Leadership Event visit web.nursing.uic.edu/pnle/registration.html

For more information about UIC, visit www.uic.edu

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