Leading the Way Award Recipients
2014 - Nessa Coyle, ACHPN, PhD, FAAN
The HPNA Leading the Way award recognized nursing leaders who had pioneered an innovative and novel approach to palliative nursing, and demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to furthering the philosophy, mission, and quality of palliative nursing. For her continuous research, her focus on furthering patient goals of care, and her extensive scholarly and professional nursing leadership, we honor our 2014 recipient, Nessa Coyle, ACHPN, PhD, FAAN.
Dr. Coyle’s development of one of the first Nurse Fellowship programs in the US designed for advanced practice nurses in pain and palliative care, and her considerable research with its focus on palliative nursing, end-of-life care, and clinical bioethics, mark her commitment to changing lives and improving outcomes. Former Director of the Supportive Care Program of the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), she retired in 2012 after 40 years of service. The Nurse Fellowship program that she initiated at MSKCC is now over two decades old.
Dr. Coyle co-authored, with Dr. Betty Farrell, the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing, a core resource text for the palliative care field. She is a co-leader of the HPNA Bioethics special interest group, which launched in 2013. Dr. Coyle is on the editorial boards of several interdisciplinary palliative care journals, including both the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. A member of the International End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) faculty, Dr. Coyle lectures both nationally and internationally. She is on the Board of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice program and is active in a variety of other community programs associated with palliative care and end-of-life care.
2013 - Jane Marie Kirschling, DNS, RN, FAAN
Dr. Kirschling serves as Dean and Professor, School of Nursing and University Director of Interprofessional Education at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Kirschling is past president of HPNA and served on numerous committees specific to governance, education, and research during her tenure. Additionally, she was board representative to the Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care and the Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing. A major re-structuring of board and committee processes, designed to increase participation of HPNA members in the work of the association, occurred during her board tenure as Co-Chairperson of the Transitions Task Force. As a result of this re-design, HPNA now realizes over 300 member volunteers annually who contribute thousands of hours to our association’s work product.
She served as an HPNA representative to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Annual Assembly Steering Committee (2000-2002). Dr. Kirschling previously served on the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation Board of Directors and is also a former HPNF president. Her contributions to both HPNF and HPNA continue in her current role as a member of the Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute Planning Committee.
2012 - Virginia Tilden, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Virginia Tilden is Dean Emerita, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing; Professor Emerita, Oregon Health & Science University; and currently serves as Chairperson on the American Academy of Nursing Task Force on Policy and End-of-Life Care. She was previously Director of the Program of Research on End of Life Care, Center for Ethics in Health Care, at Oregon Health & Science University (1990-2003).
Dr. Tilden has received continuous National Institutes of Health funding over the past 20 years for research on improving care at the end of life, focused especially in three areas: advance care planning; the impact on families of making decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment; and palliative end-of-life care in nursing homes. She has over 50 data-based publications on care at the end of life in high impact journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Geriatric Society and Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Tilden has received numerous honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Pathfinder Distinguished Researcher Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, a Distinguished Faculty Award for Research from the Oregon Health & Science University; the Helen Nahm Distinguished Research Award from the University of California San Francisco; and the Youmans Spaulding Distinguished Professorship Award from the Oregon Health & Science University. She was also inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1988.
2011 - Madalon O’Rawe Amenta, RN, MN, PhD
Madalon O'Rawe Amenta, RN, MN, PhD, is being acknowledged with this year’s award for her remarkable work as the Executive Director of the Hospice Nurses Association (HPNA) from 1993 through 1997. Dr. Amenta dedicated her career to community nursing and was inspired to join the hospice movement in the 1970s after having read Elisabeth Kübler Ross’ On Death and Dying. After serving on the hospice planning committee at Pittsburgh Hospital, she eventually became Director of Education and Research at Forbes Hospice. This, in turn, led to founding the Pennsylvania Hospice Network and serving two terms as its first president. Her illustrious career has also included being a hospice career-related researcher, author, editor, academic educator, and mentor. She has received numerous honors in recognition of her caring work.
Some of her many professional honors include the Heart of Hospice Award from the National Hospice Organization in 1998; National Hospice Organization President’s Award of Excellence for a publication in the Hospice Staff Training and Development Category for the manual Quality Assurance for Hospice Patient Care, 1988; American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year in the Gerontologic Nursing Category for Nursing Care of the Terminally Ill, 1986; and the Yale University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award, 1982.
2010 - Ida M. Martinson, BS, MS, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Martinson’s career began as a diploma graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Duluth, MN. She earned her BS and Master’s degrees in Nursing Administration from the University of Minnesota. In, 1972 she earned a PhD in Physiology from the University of Illinois, where she continued to serve as a lecturer in the department of physiology and became a professor in the school of nursing in 1977. Dr. Martinson was then recruited by the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) in 1982, where she worked in a well established research program focusing on the care of children with terminal illnesses.
During her years at UCSF, she took a leave of absence to serve as chair of nursing and head of the department of health sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. Having spent many years as a consultant to nursing schools in various Asian countries, Dr. Martinson has a longstanding commitment to Asian cultures and has extensively studied the impact of childhood cancer on the child and family and care giving practices of Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean families.
Dr. Martinson has received national and international recognition for her work, which includes more than 100 published articles, 65 book chapters, and six books. She is recognized for her willingness to share her data with young investigators as a mentor. She has held numerous visiting professorships, served on editorial boards, and received the Humanitarian Award from Pediatric Nursing.
2009 - Denice Sheehan, PhD, RN, and Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN (co-recipients)
Dr. Sheehan and Dr. Sherman are being acknowledged with this year’s award for their remarkable efforts to further enhance the quality of nursing care through leading the way in graduate hospice and palliative care education.
Dr. Sheehan is an Assistant Professor at the Kent State University College of Nursing in Kent, Ohio, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses. Before her professorship with Kent State, Dr. Sheehan served as Coordinator with the Palliative Care Program at the Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing in Pepper Pike, Ohio. In the area of research, Dr. Sheehan has extensive experience investigating the interaction patterns between parents with advanced cancer in hospice and their adolescent children. She has given professional presentations on the topics of communication near the end of life, nursing research, palliative care, palliative nursing in academia, and decision making at the end of life. Dr. Sheehan’s work has been published in numerous journals and texts, including the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Textbook of Palliative Nursing, and Hospice and Palliative Care: Concepts and Practice. Since 1999, Dr. Sheehan also has served on the Advisory Board and Faculty of the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC).
Dr. Sherman is an Associate Professor with tenure within the division of nursing at NYU, where she has also served as Acting Director of the Doctoral Program in Nursing and coordinator of the Advanced Practice Palliative Care Master’s and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs. She also provides palliative care and education across seven skilled nursing and assisted living facilities as Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and Educator at the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut located in Danbury, CT. As an accomplished researcher, her interests include breast cancer education and counseling, palliative and oncology care, quality of life, symptom management, and AIDS/HIV. She has presented widely and published extensively on a variety of subjects relating to end-of-life and palliative care, including patient fatigue, culturally competent care, and suffering of the caregiver. Her work has also appeared in such diverse journals as American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine and American Journal of Nursing. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Contribution to the College of Palliative Care from the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Sherman also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
2008 - Jeanne Quint Benoliel, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Dr. Jeanne Quint Benoliel graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in San Francisco, served in the United States Army Nurse Corp., received her B.S. from Oregon State University, her Master’s from the University of California, Los Angeles and her DNSc from the University of California, San Francisco. Her commitment to the care of the dying began with her work with Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss. She continued her work studying patterns of communication and behaviors of the terminally ill. As a result of her studies, Dr. Benoliel was able to document that the care for the dying destroyed quality of life in their final moments, was misdirected and expensive secondary to the flurry of invasive activities noted at that time.
She has taught courses, written extensively and conducted many workshops on end of life care. She was the first to bring in the family in terms of the unit of care. She was well ahead of her time. Dr. Benoliel was the first nurse president of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. She is recognized as one of the founders in the field of hospice and palliative care. Through her work and teaching, she has transformed nursing care for the dying as well as shaped the field of palliative and hospice care. HPNA is quite honored to recognize this wonderful nursing leader as the 2008 HPNA Leading the Way award winner.
2007 Pamela S. Hinds, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Pamela Hinds is the Director, Division of Nursing Research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, a full member of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. With more than 25 years experience in research, Dr. Hinds has been the principle investigator of numerous research grants is widely published with more than 150 manuscripts, as well as textbooks, guidebooks, monographs and book chapters and has been the recipient of numerous awards.
Dr. Hinds’ primary interest in research includes decision making, quality of life, fatigue and end of life. She is actively involved in many ways with the Children’s Oncology Group as well as the Oncology Nursing Society where she chaired the ONS Multi-site Research Project Team and was a member of the National Quality Forum Review Committee, Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Care Quality. Dr. Hinds presents extensively and currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing and as a reviewer for many other peer reviewed journals. Dr. Hinds credits her husband, as well as sons Ben and Adam, for all these successes.
2006 - HPNA Past-Presidents
The HPNA Leading the Way Award recognizes a nursing leader who has “led the way” in hospice and palliative nursing. The 2006 recipients of this award are the 11 HPNA Past-Presidents, honored for their contributions as nursing leaders in end-of-life nursing.
2005 Madalon Amenta, RN, MN, PhD
The HPNA Board of Directors has chosen Madalon O’Rawe Amenta RN, MN, PhD to be honored in 2005 for a multitude of contributions as a nursing leader in end-of-life care. Dr. Amenta, the nurse, was inspired to join the hospice movement in the 1970s after having read Elisabeth Kübler Ross’ On Death and Dying. After serving on the hospice planning committee at Pittsburgh Hospital she eventually became Director of Education and Research at Forbes Hospice. This, in turn, led to founding the Pennsylvania Hospice Network and serving two terms as its first president. Her illustrious career has also included being a hospice career-related researcher, author, editor, academic educator, and mentor. She has received numerous honors in recognition of her caring work. Madalon Amenta is the recipient of the 2005 HPNA’s “Leading the Way” Award.
2004 Florence Wald, BA, MN, MS, PhD
The first recipient of the HPNA Leading the Way Award was indeed born a nursing leader. Experiences from the early days of her life forged the values, ethics and passion to become, as HPNA affectionately calls her, the “mother of hospice and palliative nursing”. The HPNA Board of Directors proudly announces that this individual is Dr. Florence Wald, the nursing pioneer for establishing hospice in America. Through her leadership and commitment, hospice care was initiated in the United States in 1974. Her influence has continued over the last 2½ decades as healthcare leaders in America have joined together to improve end of life care in America.
Dr. Wald, a nursing graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, earned a Masters in Nursing and a Masters in Science from Yale University. Her illustrious career has included serving as researcher, academic educator, dean, author, and speaker. She is currently a Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing serving as role model, mentor and researcher with many accomplished colleagues. Dr. Wald has been a champion in the care for the dying patient. “From the nurse’s point of view, hospice care is the epitome of good nursing” says Dr. Wald. “It enables the patient to get through the end of life on their own terms. It is a holistic approach, looking at the patient as an individual, a human being. The spiritual role nurses play in the end of life process is essential to both patients and families,” says Dr. Wald.