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Release: April 14, 1999
UI College of Nursing bestows first Parent Child Family Nursing award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cheryll A. Jones, a pediatric nurse practitioner from
Bloomfield, Iowa, is the first recipient of the University of Iowa College
of Nursing's Parent Child Family Nursing Award, the college announced Friday.
The award will be given annually to a nurse who has made outstanding contributions
to the health of women, children or families.
Jones, a 1969 graduate of the College of Nursing, went on to become one
of the first nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioners when the nursing
specialty was recognized in 1977. She is health services coordinator for Child
Health Specialty Clinics in Davis County, and also practices in Ottumwa. She
is a longtime advocate for child and sexual abuse prevention, receiving the
Iowa Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse's
outstanding service award in 1996, and recently has worked to implement the
HAWK-I insurance program for children of families who are uninsured but do
not qualify for Medicaid.
Jones has been active in developing professional standards for nurse practitioners
and currently chairs the Iowa Board of Nursing's advanced practice committee.
She also is recognized for her contributions to policy through her work as
chair of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Practitioners' legislative committee
and as legislative chair for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates
"This new award is intended to recognize and show appreciation for
the work of Iowa nurses in promoting the health of women, children and families,"
said Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Ph.D., professor of nursing at the UI and chair
of the College of Nursing's Parent, Child and Family Nursing area of study.
"Cheryll's sustained pattern of excellence, dedication and commitment
really make her the perfect individual to receive this first award."