Recognizing significant contributions to public health nursing.
First Public Health Nurse Award was bestowed upon Pearl McIver by the Public Health Nurses Section of the ANA at the 1956 ANA convention. The Pearl McIver Public Health Nurse Fund was established in 1956 under the sponsorship of a group of nurses and others within the U.S. Public Health Nurse Service to honor Pearl McIver who was to retire on July 1, 1957. The award recognizes the outstanding professional contribution of one public health nurse and calls this achievement to the attention of members of the profession as well as the general public.
Pearl McIver's career with the U.S. Public Health Service began in 1922 and spanned 35 years and several positions, from child hygiene nurse assigned to the Missouri State Board of Health to chief of the Office of Public Health Nursing. Her activities reflected her energy, professionalism and dedication to public health nursing. She was active in the American Public Health Association, the American Red Cross, and the Council of Federal Nursing. She was president of the ANA from 1948 to 1950 and executive director of the American Journal of Nursing Company from 1957 to 1959. This award is a lasting tribute to Pearl McIver, who died in 1976.
Marcia Stanhope, DSN, RN, FAAN
Kentucky Nurses Association
Marcia Stanhope’s many accomplishments as an innovative practitioner, teacher, author, researcher, and leader demonstrate her commitment to improving the health of the most vulnerable in our society, as well as preparing the next generation of public health nurses.
Stanhope received her doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing in 1981. Early in her career she began collaboration on the first edition of what is now the foremost public health nursing textbook, Community and Public Health Nursing.
She has served on the University of Kentucky College of Nursing faculty for 30 years in many roles, including director of the Community Health Nursing Division and since 2002, as the Good Samaritan Endowed Chair in Community Health Nursing.
Perhaps Stanhope’s most significant contribution to public health has been to establish the Good Samaritan Nursing Center, a virtual center affiliated with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing that reaches the underserved. The center provides vital health services, as well as teaches nursing students and new graduates the care of at-risk populations. Stanhope obtained grant funding and forged a number of public-private partnerships that sustained the operation for more than 25 years. The model she developed received national recognition, notably the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Innovative Health Promotion in 1988, and she was named an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing in 2006.
Stanhope has been an active member of the American Nurses Association and provided leadership to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), from which she received the ANCC President’s Award for her outstanding contributions.
Stanhope demonstrates how passion can truly make a difference and how public health nurses are uniquely positioned to advance health for all persons.