On March 6, 2014, Clinical Associate Professor Shielda Rodgers, PhD, RN, received the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Department of Nursing. She was recognized during the 18th annual Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon at the Millennium Hotel in Durham, NC.
Dr. Rodgers was nominated to receive the prestigious award by one of her colleagues, an NCCU faculty member. Selection criteria for the award called for leaders who have made significant contributions to the nursing profession and specifically to the department of nursing at NCCU. currently Dr. Rodgers volunteers as a tutor for junior and senior nursing students enrolled in Medical Surgical Nursing courses. Throughout her career, Dr. Rodgers has strived to make contributions to the profession through service in professional nursing organizations such as the Maryland Board of Nursing, North Carolina Nurses Association, and the North Carolina League for Nursing. Her presentations on the local, state and national level include a variety of topics including how to cope with stress in the workplace, minority student success, quality and safety in patient care, and delegation. At UNC she is a clinical faculty for the senior-level adult health course, an academic advisor, and a coach for minority students. In addition, Dr. Rodgers was recently honored as one of 16 “Living Nursing Legends” by Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority.
The focus for this year’s Helen S. Miller luncheon was spirituality in healthcare. Associate professor Jill Hamilton, PhD, RN, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Hamilton is well-known for her research on how older-African Americans use religious songs to cope with stressful life events. Her most recent study was published online in The Gerentologist and has been featured in Good Housekeeping magazine.