Established in 1991, the Barbara Thoman Curtis Award recognizes a nurse who has made significant contributions to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity.
About Barbara Thoman Curtis
Barbara Thoman Curtis has been a catalyst for political activity and awareness within the nursing profession for the past 25 years. She has made significant contributions as a nursing leader serving on the ANA Board of Directors, ANA-PAC Board of Trustees, ANA Committee on Committees, and ANA Finance Committee. Barbara “developed” the role model for the political nurse. She helped to pioneer ANA’s involvement in politics and legislation and served as a mentor to countless numbers of nurses across the country. Twenty-five years of educating nurses on the political and legislative processes and nursing’s role in the formation of health care policy has earned Barbara the reputation of being a political activist for nursing. She continues to be called on by SNAs and other nursing organizations to provide her expertise and political insight. Throughout her nursing career, Barbara has been active in various political campaigns serving in a variety of roles (i.e. consultant, campaign manager, fund raiser, scheduler, and volunteer). Her work as a campaign coordinator for the 1986 congressional campaign of Illinois Nurses Association member, Mary Lou Kearns, RN, earned her a national reputation as a political force for nursing.