Loyola Professor Named Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader

News Archive October 24, 2011

Loyola Professor Named Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader

Nurse honored for work to advance health care across the state

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Diana Hackbarth, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named the Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader. Dr. Hackbarth is a professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). She was honored for her hard work, commitment and dedication to serve the health-care needs of the people of Illinois through her leadership and ability to break through barriers. She will receive this award at the 14th Annual Power of Nursing Leadership Event on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

“Diana is an integral member of our faculty and a champion for the profession of nursing,” said Vicki Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, MNSON. “Her work has had a lasting impact on nurses, students and the health of the population throughout the state of Illinois.

Each year, the Power of Nursing Leadership celebrates an exceptional nurse leader with the Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader Award. This event brings together hundreds of nurses to showcase the impact of the profession in shaping health care to meet the needs of the people of Illinois.

Dr. Hackbarth was recognized with this award for the various leadership positions she has taken on during her career. This includes policy work she has done on tobacco prevention as a team member of the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco and the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. Dr. Hackbarth also was honored for her work to establish Loyola’s school-based health center at Proviso East High School. This center provides easy access to health-care services and education for students in an underserved community in Illinois.

In addition, Dr. Hackbarth is an accomplished educator, researcher and author. Her research interests include program evaluation, health policy and tobacco control. She also has held leadership positions in public health including serving as chair of the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco, chair of the Wilmette Board of Health and as past president and board member of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

“I am honored to be recognized by this esteemed group of nurse leaders,” Dr. Hackbarth said. “I have enjoyed representing nurses and witnessing how our profession can make a difference in health policy, tobacco control and in the delivery of primary health care to disadvantaged populations.” 

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is located in a state-of-the-art educational facility on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. The school, which provides instruction to 520 medical students, has been in the vanguard of institutions that have created new, active learning curricula to help students meet the challenges of 21st century health care. An estimated 8,000 to 9,000 students compete each year for 130 openings in the Stritch medical school's first-year class. In addition to the more than 500 students, Loyola's medical educational programs provide instruction and training to an estimated 400 residents and 100 fellows.
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