June 23, 2014

Nursing Faculty Captures Top State Nurse Practitioner Award

Margaret Benz, assistant professor of nursing, received the AANP State of Missouri Excellence Award, the highest state award from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for her teaching and clinical expertise. The award was presented at the AANP 2014 national conference June 17-22 in Nashville.

Margaret Benz

In addition to teaching the next generation of nurse practitioner students, Benz is a champion for nursing, health care and those who are disenfranchised. She sees elderly and disabled patients in the Saint Louis Housing Authority's Parkview Clinic two and a half days a week, serving as their primary care provider.

Active at St. Patrick Center which serves those who are homeless, Benz also is the nursing representative to the Missouri Health Net Oversight Committee and actively promotes the advancement of the role of the nurse practitioner in the state of Missouri.

Benz previously was recognized by St. Louis Magazine in 2013 with its top excellence in nursing award in the community care/ambulatory care category and received a commendation award for volunteerism from President Obama for service to the community. She has taught at SLU School of Nursing since 1992.

Mary Lee Barron, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing and director of Advanced Nursing Practice Programs, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at the same conference. Barrron has spent much of her 30-year career specializing in obstetrical and gynecologic nursing and most recently co-authored "Guidelines for Nurse Practitioners in Obstetric Settings." She was a finalist in the education category for St. Louis Magazine's 2013 nursing excellence awards.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties, representing the interests of the nation's 189,000 NPs.

Founded in 1928, Saint Louis University School of Nursing has achieved a national reputation for its innovative and pioneering programs. Offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing programs, its faculty members are nationally recognized for their teaching, research and clinical expertise.

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