Shirley Titus Award

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Established in 1976, the Shirley Titus Award recognizes the contribution that an individual nurse has made in ANA or in any of its C/SNAs to empower frontline registered nurses and effect positive changes in the work environment.

About Shirley Titus

The Shirley Titus Award was established in 1976 in recognition of Shirley Titus who advocated for a healthy and ethical work environment and who engaged in pioneering work in nursing education. Titus, who passed away in 1967, served as executive director of the California Nurses Association; served as the Director of Nursing Services and of the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During her tenure, Titus established one of the first systems of general duty nursing, acting on her belief that general duty nursing would improve nursing education and patient care.

Titus, who was also a member of the ANA Board of Directors and of the American Journal of Nursing Company, devoted her life to the progress of nursing in what she described as its "torturous evolution from the status of a craft to the status of a profession."