Apr 3, 2006    #062
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Nursing school associate dean receives Excellence in Nursing award

Thad Wilson, associate dean for clinical programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing, has received the 2006 Elsevier "Excellence in Nursing" award.

Wilson, APRN, Ph.D., represents nursing faculty in the Midwest/Central/Great Lakes region who were nominated by their students for their ability to inspire, motivate and encourage by example.

More than 150 entries were received this year. There are 10 regional winners and two national winners.

"This is a wonderful and well deserved honor for Dr. Wilson," said Lora Lacey-Haun, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing. "For those who work with him or students who have taken his classes will undoubtedly agree that he truly inspires and motivates his students. All of us at the School of Nursing are very proud of him for having received this award."

As a regional winner, Wilson will receive $1,500 in cash and an additional donation of $1,000 to the charity of his choice. He will also receive an honorary plaque, as well as his student’s winning entry about him.

“I don’t know who nominated me,” Wilson said. “This was very much a surprise. I am incredibly honored that someone thinks enough of my teaching that they would go to the trouble of nominating me. There are only 10 regional winners in the nation, so it is quite an honor.”

Elsevier is a global publisher of health, science and technical textbooks, journals, reference books, and other resources.

To see complete details and the names of other winners, visit

Dr. Wilson is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has been on faculty at UMKC since 1995, first teaching in the FNP program. He has been funded by the CDC, American Nurses Foundation and other organizations to conduct research on immunizations and school-base immunization programs. Findings from his research have been published in several peer reviewed journals and presented both regionally and nationally. He was co-founder and is currently co-chair of the multidisciplinary Mid America Immunization Coalition. Wilson has served the American College of Nurse Practitioners for six years, including a term as a national board member and leading a task force of nurse practitioner organizations to develop an information brochure on adolescent immunizations for our members.

The UMKC School of Nursing offers a wide range of clinical experiences, research and specialty opportunities. Affiliated clinical facilities include Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital and nearly 100 community-wide facilities in the Kansas City metro area. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, please visit

UMKC is one of four University of Missouri campuses. It is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).



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