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PCNP is proud to give out two awards at our Annual Education Conference: The Sheila Gealey Award and *NEW THIS YEAR* the Dr. Mona Counts Award. Read the descriptions of the awards below and submit a worthy Nurse Practitioner to be honored at our Annual Conference. You can nominate someone at the bottom of the page for either award. Award nominations close Oct. 2.
*NEW THIS YEAR* Dr. Mona Counts Award
BackgroundDr. Mona Counts was a nurse practitioner pioneer, leader, educator and entrepreneur. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners; AANP state representative, AANP regional director, treasurer and president of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (now the American Association of Nurse Practitioners AANP).Dr. Counts started one of the first nurse practitioner (NP)-run rural practices in the country, to serve the general health care needs of the 5,000 Appalachian residents in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In July 2004, Reader's Digest profiled Counts as an “Everyday Hero”, which features “ordinary citizens who perform extraordinary acts at great personal risk or sacrifice.” Mona will always be remembered for her achievements, fiery personality, and love of the nurse practitioner profession.
The 2020 PCNP Board of Directors voted to establish the Dr. Mona Counts award given to a nurse practitioner.
The recipient of the Dr. Mona Counts award will demonstrate a passion for caring for an underserved population, clinical education and nurse practitioner leadership. The individual nominated will be an NP who has made outstanding contributions to the role of a nurse practitioner in:
To be considered for The Mona Counts Award nominees must meet the following requirements:
Sheila Gealey Award
BackgroundThe Sheila Gealey Award was established in 2012 to honor Sheila Gealey, a long-time leader of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and its’ first president.
The award is presented annually to a nurse practitioner who has been proactive in protecting and enhancing the role of the nurse practitioner in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The recipient of the Sheila Gealey award should have leadership qualities/activities such as follows:
EligibilityTo be considered for the Sheila Gealey Award nominees must meet the following requirements:
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