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Our Nurse of the Week is Laurie Badzek, LLM, JD, MS, RN, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing at Penn State, who has been honored with the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Leadership in Ethics Award. ANA created the award to recognize registered nurses who have authentically demonstrated the highest standards of ethics and leadership in their daily practice, served as an ethical role model, and promoted ethical dialogue and scholarship.

Throughout her career, Badzek has held the roles of nurse, attorney, researcher, and educator. She brings experience in genomics, health care ethics and law, nursing practice, and end-of-life care and decision-making to her work, and her commitment to ethical leadership led her to serve as director of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights where she was instrumental in revising the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.

Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost, tells news.psu.edu, “In 2018, we selected Laurie to be dean of Penn State’s College of Nursing in part because of her exemplary leadership on ethical and human rights issues and advocacy regarding nursing education, practice and policy. I consider Laurie a role model for ethical leadership at the University, so I’m thrilled that she received this much-deserved award from the ANA. I congratulate and thank Laurie for her commitment to excellence.”

Badzek began her role as dean of the Penn State College of Nursing in July 2018 where she oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs at 12 commonwealth campuses and online. Her role also enables her to be a champion of using genomics in nursing to enhance patient care, and her research in genomics has been funded by the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing, National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, and National Cancer Institute. Badzek is also a member of the American Association of College of Nursing Deans and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and a fellow of the National Academies of Practice and more.  

To learn more about Laurie Badzek, dean of the College of Nursing at Penn State, who has been honored with the American Nurses Association’s Leadership in Ethics Award, visit here.

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