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    School of Nursing Associate Dean Receives Nurse of Excellence Award

    Lori Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP, honored for research on nurse education, delivery models

    STONY BROOK, NY, June 12, 2013 – Lori Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP, Associate Dean for Evaluations and Outcomes at Stony Brook University School of Nursing, has received the Nurse of Excellence Award from the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) for outstanding leadership and clinical practice. 

    A Professor at the School of Nursing since 1988 who has worked for Stony Brook University Hospital for more than 30 years, Escallier was honored for her nationally grant-funded evidence-based scholarship on nursing education, delivery models and organizational outcomes, according to the NSHC. She received the prestigious award at the NHSC’s annual Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony on May 23 at the Woodbury Country Club in Woodbury, NY. Each of the NHSC’s member hospitals nominated a nurse for the annual awards, and the Deans of area nursing schools submitted nominees for nursing excellence in education.

    Escallier has been a Principal Investigator on federally funded nursing research on retention strategies in diverse workforces. She has presented her evidence-based scholarly research at local, national and international conferences and been published in dozens of peer-reviewed journals. She has presented nationally and internationally on the process of creating and maintaining diverse workforces, and on evaluation and outcome methodologies. 

    In October 2012, Escallier provided a podium presentation in collaboration with DNP doctoral student Emily Cupelli on “Sensory Processing Differences and Urinary Incontinence in School Aged Children” at the International Children’s Continence Society/Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence/British Association of Pediatric Urology Joint Congress, for the Royal College of Physicians in London, England.  

    “Lori’s approach to scholarship is that differences do not provide impasses, but rather, opportunities for scholarly exchange and growth,” said Lee Xippolitos, RN, PhD, CARN, CS, NPP, CNAA, BC, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing. “She has continued scholarly integration across disciplines throughout her career, working with faculty from various schools, hospitals as well as other national universities.” 

    Escallier has received numerous accolades for her work, including the 2012 Five Year Distinguished Service Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Achievement in Education and Student Relations for the Robert Wood Johnson RWJ Scholars. She serves as a Team Leader for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, leading accreditation teams to the nation’s top-rated schools of nursing, both public and private. 

    “Lori is a leader within the School of Nursing, the University and our profession,” Xippolitos said. “Her collegiality and mentorship is valued by faculty and staff and her influence is far reaching.  Her perspective and presence as a nursing scholar has enriched the school’s development.”  

    “The most satisfying aspect of my work is watching my student’s dreams become realities,” Escallier said. “I consider myself fortunate to be able to provide opportunities that assist underrepresented and disadvantaged students overcome the obstacles that face them. Diverse students need a mentor who will boost their self-confidence and help them navigate the many challenges of the degree program. I am truly humbled to be an integral part of the process that forms the professional nurse of the future.”  

    “Nurses will see their leadership roles expand because of reforms inherent in the Affordable Care Act,” said Paul Connor, chair of the NSHC board of directors and CEO of Eastern Long Island Hospital.  “In addition, they will be called to fill the gap of primary care services, as insurance coverage expands under reform and as baby boomers age…. There is a level of comfort going into the future knowing a nurse will always be there.” 

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    About the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital
    Council:Based in Happauge, NY, the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council represents Long Island’s not-for-profit and public hospitals and helps enhance health care for all Long Islanders by representing the interests of its member hospitals before lawmakers, regulatory agencies, the media, and the public. The NHSC recognition awards are fashioned after the New York State Legislature’s Nurse of Distinction program, which ended in 1995. The NHSC is one of the few hospital associations in the state to continue the program voluntarily, now in its 18th year. For more information about the awards and a full list of nominees, visit www.nshc.org