Since the early 1900s, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has presented awards to prominent nurses to recognize their outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and the field of health care. This year, as part of its Biennial Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the ANA recognized Kay Ball, MSA, BSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, as the recipient of the Barbara Thoman Curtis Award for significant contributions to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity.
The award is given to individuals who have demonstrated political activity that promotes the nursing profession in political and health care arenas; participated in education to advance the knowledge of nurses, politicians, and policy makers concerning the contributions of nursing in the health care field; and exhibited leadership at the state and/or national levels regarding political and legislative activities.
On a national level, Ms. Ball represented specialty nurses during the 1994 health care reform activities led by President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. While chairing the Ohio Nurses Association's Health Policy Council, she was instrumental in providing thoughtful, responsible direction in developing the association's legislative strategies and agenda. She has also helped numerous nurses get involved in grassroots activity and sharpen their media skills.
Ms. Ball serves as the continuing education consultant for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, which are published by SLACK Incorporated, publisher of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.