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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 and Practitioners.

"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."