In 2007, the School of Nursing began awarding the Laurel Archer Copp Literary Award, named for the School’s third dean Laurel Copp. This year, the award was presented to two faculty members, associate professor and director of the Clinical Education & Resource Center Carol Durham and
associate professor Kathy Alden.
Durham and Alden received the award for their recent publication, “Enhancing patient safety in nursing education: Use of human patient simulation as an instructional strategy.” Durham is an internationally-renowned expert in the field of human patient simulation, and the School is continuing to grow its educational endeavors in this area. Alden works closely with Durham on these initiatives.
Copp, who served as dean from 1975 to 1990, endowed the award as a way to promote scholarly writing among the faculty. She defines “scholarly writing” as the creative use of words to achieve insight or impact on patient care, teaching, research or service.
“This is something I wanted to do from the first day I started as dean,” Copp said in a previous interivew. “It was very important for me to promote and foster writing and publication among both the tenured and non-tenured faculty.”
Articles published within the last two years in a peer-reviewed journal or magazine are eligible for consideration. Two panels review the submissions, which are judged on their effectiveness of expression, creativity, literary quality, excitement or energy, stylistic excellence and stimulation of thought or action.
We congratulate Durham and Alden on their award!