Established in 2006, the Luther Christman Award recognizes the visible, commendable, and substantial contributions that an individual man in nursing has made to the profession of nursing, including but not limited to the following areas: practice, research, education public policy, and/or community service.
About Luther Christman
The Luther Christman Award was established in 2006 in recognition of Luther Christman's contribution to nursing. He became the first man in nursing to be inducted into the American Nurses Association's Hall of Fame in 2004 for his extraordinary contributions to nursing.
Christman, who passed away in June 2011, had a distinguished career in nursing. When refused a commission in the military nurse corps during World War II, he enlisted in the Merchant Marine and served as a Pharmacists Mate. He worked in mental health in Yankton, South Dakota and then in Michigan. Christman became Dean of Nursing at Vanderbilt University where he first developed his integration model of nursing education and practice and then was named Founding Dean of Nursing at Rush Medical Center and Rush University in Chicago.
Christman became one of the founders of the National Male Nurses Association, now known as the American Assembly for Men in Nursing; was a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing Academy and named a "Living Legend" by the Academy.