Alumni Awards

2014 Nurses' Alumni Assocation Award Nominations

Each year, the Nurses' Alumni Association (NAA) honors alumni and friends who are committed to the key values of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN): scholarship, leadership and social responsibility.

To nominate a nursing alumnus or friend for the a 2014 Nurses' Alumni Association Award, click here. The nomination deadline is March 14, 2014.

To download a PDF of the nomination form, click here.

View the List of Past Nurses' Alumni Association Award Recipients

2013 Nurses' Alumni Association Award Winners

The 2013 awards were presented during Homecoming weekend (September 26-29, 2013).

Congratulations to the 2013 Nurses' Alumni Association Award Winners!

2013 Homecoming Award Winners


The Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award

Nancy Langston 72MN

Nancy LangstonNancy Langston, PhD, RN, served as dean and professor of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing and Executive Director of Academic Nursing of the VCU Health System for 22 years. She is responsible for transforming the School of Nursing into a national leader in nursing education and research. During her tenure, the school doubled student enrollment, increased National Institute of Health research funding from $25,000 in 1999 to $3 million last year in 2012, opened a 47,000 square-foot building with state-of-the-art simulation labs and bench laboratories, and created clinical collaborations with the VCU Health System that is considered a best practices model for nursing schools. 

In addition to her contributions to VCU, Dr. Langston has also served the nursing profession tirelessly. She is the founding chair of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundation and served as president from 1999 to 2001. She is actively engaged with the Southern Council for Collegiate Nursing Education, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Virginia Nurses Association. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the NLN Academy of Nursing Education. She has received numerous honors including the VCU Presidential Medallion for outstanding contributions to Virginia Commonwealth University, Administrative Woman of the Year Award from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the Outstanding Leadership Award from NLN, and the Nancy Vance Award, the highest award given by the Virginia Nurses Association.


Award of Honor

Jane Mashburn 78MN

Jane Mashburn Jane Mashburn, CNM, MN, FACNM, retired from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing after 28 years of service in 2012. Ms. Mashburn came to Emory as an instructor in the nurse-midwifery program in 1984. As the MSN Program Director, Ms. Mashburn gained notoriety for transforming Emory’s graduate nursing program into a nationally-ranked program. Under her leadership, the nurse-midwifery program was ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report.

Ms. Mashburn is best known for her extensive work as a nurse-midwifery and birthing expert. During her illustrious career—which spans more than four decades—Ms. Mashburn served in numerous roles at Emory’s School of Nursing, Emory Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Birthing Center of Atlanta. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lenoir Rhyne College and a master’s degree in nursing from Emory University. In 2002, she was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Nurse-Midwives—one of midwifery’s highest honors.


The Excellence in Nursing Award

Sally Hale 80MN

Sally HaleSally Hale RN is the executive director of Camp Sunshine, a Decatur-based non-profit organization dedicated to offering programming for children with cancer.  As executive director, she expanded Camp Sunshine from a weeklong program to an organization that provides nearly 140 programs through the year to over 900 children with the support of 300 volunteers and $1.4 million from generous donors.

Ms. Hale was one of the first nurses in Georgia to become certified in pediatric nursing oncology in 1993, which is a certification program she helped design. She is the former president of Children’s Oncology Camping Association.


Distinguished Nursing Achievement Non-Alumni Award

Amy Spangler

Amy SpanglerAmy Spangler, MN, RN, IBCLC, is a world-renowned breastfeeding and child nutrition expert. A registered nurse as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Ms. Spangler earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in maternal and infant health from the University of Florida. She has worked in labor and delivery departments and OB/GYN clinics, helping women through pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She is the author of several books including BREASTFEEDING, A Parent’s Guide and has published numerous articles in medical journals.

During her career, Ms. Spangler has served as the Chair of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, helping draft important legislation on women’s health, and has worked as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to advocate for breastfeeding awareness and education among the general population. In 1996, Ms. Spangler was elected President of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and served a three-year tenure. She has been a commentator for breastfeeding education and public policy on various news programs, including 20/20, Good Morning America, and ABC News Now. She currently serves as President of baby gooroo.


Honorary Alumni Award

Pat Riley

Pat RileyPat Riley, CNM, MPH, FACNM, has spent nearly four decades in the federal government, including service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, a civil servant with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and a volunteer with the Peace Corps. She currently serves as a Senior Nurse Midwife in the Maternal and Child Branch in the Division of Global HIV/AIDS at the CDC.  Her career assignments have included clinical rotations as a nurse midwife on the Navajo Reservation with the Indian Health Service; state assignment as a Maternal Child Health Nurse Consultant with the North Carolina Division of Maternal and Child Health and a U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) appointment as the Maternal Child Health and Family Planning Consultant for the Southeast USPHS Regional Office (Region IV).

Ms. Riley has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. She currently serves as a journal reviewer regarding global workforce, maternal health and human resources for health for the International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. Ms. Riley holds adjunct faculty appointments with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility and the Center for Global Safe Water at Rollins School of Public Health Emory University.

View the List of Past Nurses' Alumni Association Award Recipients