Nursing Faculty Captures Top State Nurse Practitioner Award
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. (photo right), 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.