Kansas City, MO - The American Nurses' Association announced the 1985 winner of the "Gerontological Nurse of the Year" Award. This year's winner is Barbara Helen Allen Davis, EdD, RN, C, FAAN of Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Davis was selected in recognition of her distinguished contributions to gerontological nursing through practice, teaching, administration and research. She is currently clinical nurse specialist in the nursing home care unit of the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is also assistant professor, emeritus, gerontological nursing, University of California-Los Angeles School of Nursing.
Involvement might be the key word to describe Dr. Davis' nursing career. Through the 43 years she has been continually active and practicing nursing, she has served as the former director of the gerontology nursing program at UCLA School of Nursing, responsible for both the undergraduate and graduate programs; her term on staff at ANA in the gerontological nursing division was highlighted by participation in the development of standards and practices and the certification program for gerontological nursing.
Since 1967, Dr. Davis has been a consultant on topics in aging such as services, programs, institutional environment, clinical practice and education for gerontological nursing to both private and federal health care providers and universities. She has lectured on a variety of themes dealing with aging to 20 colleges and universities across the country.