Saint Louis University

Nursing Faculty Captures Top State Nurse Practitioner Award

Margaret Benz (photo right), 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.

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.

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