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News release

College of Nursing professor receives Honor Society of Nursing award

12/3/2009

2009 Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award presented by Sigma Theta Tau International highlights cutting-edge work that improves patient outcomes

AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 3, 2009) – The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), recently presented the 2009 Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award to Diane Skiba, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, professor at the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Nursing. This honor is given to an informatics expert whose contributions have the capacity and scope to enhance quality, safety, outcomes and decision making in health and nursing care from a national or an international perspective.

Dr. Skiba has dedicated her career to the development of nursing informatics specialists. Skiba is a leader who works nationally and internationally to ensure that all nurses have the necessary knowledge and skills to practice in a technology-rich health care environment. She has been appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice; is an honorary member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, and is a member of the local Alpha Kappa-at-Large Chapter. Skiba is also an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

“I am most honored to be receiving this award as Dr. Virginia K. Saba in 1981 took me under her wings and guided me throughout my career,” said Skiba. “She is a mentor and an inspiration who has always been there to nudge me forward and to provide me with opportunities that have shaped my career.”

The award was established in 2005 by Dr. Virginia K. Saba with a planned gift to Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing. Dr. Skiba is the third recipient of the Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award.

“Nursing informatics is an essential component of improving patient outcomes,” says STTI President Carol J. Huston, RN, MSN, DPA, FAAN. “Dr. Skiba’s work in the field has had a major impact in the health care industry. Her efforts have enhanced the quality of care, patient safety and, ultimately, the health of patients.”

The award was presented on Nov. 1 at STTI’s 40th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis.


About UC Denver’s College of Nursing
Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Nursing offers some of the highest ranked programs in the country -- from bachelor's through doctoral degrees and post-graduate certificate programs. The college offers several specialties through its master’s program and the only PhD program in clinical research in Colorado. It also is the birthplace of nurse practitioner education and the caring movement, and was one of the first schools in the country to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This year, U.S News & World Report ranked the UC Denver College of Nursing nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist programs among the top ten in the country. For more information, visit the UC Denver Newsroom.

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Contact: Caitlin Jenney, 303.315.6376, caitlin.jenney@ucdenver.edu