Prolucent CEO Bruce Springer Named a 2023 Sigma Nursing Honorary Member


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Sigma Nursing Announces 2023 International Award Recipients and Honorary Members

Awards will be conferred during Sigma’s 47th Biennial Convention in San Antonio, Texas, USA

INDIANAPOLIS — The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is proud to announce the nurses and healthcare professionals being honored for their contributions to professional excellence with the 2023 International Awards for Nursing Excellence, Board Awards, and Honorary Membership. The awards will be presented during Sigma’s 47th Biennial Convention, 11-15 November 2023 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Sigma’s International Awards for Nursing Excellence reflect the organization’s dedication to fostering high professional nursing standards, recognizing superior achievement, developing leadership, and encouraging creative work.

“On behalf of Sigma’s international Board of Directors, the staff, and our members worldwide, I congratulate all of Sigma’s International Award recipients. These are outstanding individuals, recognized by their peers for superior achievement and dedication to the advancement of global health, who have made profound contributions to Sigma, the nursing profession, and global health,” said Sigma President Kenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, RCSI, FAAN.

Sigma’s biennial convention is the organization’s largest event and attracts nearly 2,500 nurse leaders from more than 50 countries. During the event, Sigma members and global leaders in nursing come together to celebrate Sigma’s 100-year heritage, build upon successes, and embrace the 2021-2023 organizational call to action: Be Bold. To view details or register for the event, visit


Archon Award

The Archon Awards—from the Greek word meaning “first to lead”—are bestowed biennially by the Sigma Board of Directors to individuals and groups who have shown exceptional leadership in advancing health and welfare throughout the world. Previous recipients include Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein, The DAISY Foundation, World Bicycle Relief, and Dr. David Suzuki.

  • Medical Bridges
    Walter Ulrich, CEO and President
    Houston, Texas, USA
  • Medical Bridges is a leader in global health equity and a life-changing and lifesaving nonprofit serving the global poor by providing needed medical supplies and equipment to clinics and hospitals. During the past two years, Medical Bridges shipped 300 tons of desperately needed medical supplies and equipment valued at more than $15 million to Ukraine, Haiti, Afghanistan, and developing countries in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as to rural clinics and charitable hospitals in Texas during emergencies.
  • United Network for Organ Sharing
    Maureen McBride, CEO
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the mission-driven non-profit serving as the United States’ transplant system under contract with the federal government. UNOS leads the network of transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and thousands of volunteers dedicated to honoring the gifts of life entrusted to the organization and to making lifesaving transplants possible for patients in need.
  • Luci Baines Johnson and Ian J. Turpin
    Austin, Texas, USA
  • Luci Baines Johnson is the daughter of former US President Lyndon Baines Johnson. She is Chairman of the Board and manager of LBJ Asset Management Partners, and Chairman of the Board of BusinesSuites, which she co-founded with her husband Ian J. Turpin. Lifelong philanthropists, they have contributed to numerous organizations in the state of Texas and are the benefactors of the Luci Baines Johnson and Ian J. Turpin Center for Gerontological Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award

The Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Board of Directors, is given to a Sigma member who has demonstrated exemplary achievements in nursing throughout their lifetime.

  • Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC
    Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland, Oregon, USA
  • John Patrick Daly, PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI
    Dean and Professor University of Technology Sydney
    Corrimal, New South Wales, Australia
  • Patricia Davidson
    Vice-Chancellor University of Wollongong
    Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  • Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAONL, FAAN
    Professor, Department of Graduate Studies
    University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing
    Galveston, Texas, USA
  • Bethany Ann Hall-Long, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
    Middletown, Delaware, USA
  • Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN)
    Watson Caring Science Institute
    Boulder, Colorado, USA


Sigma’s International Awards for Nursing Excellence are based on the society’s dedication to fostering high professional nursing standards, recognizing superior achievement, developing leadership, and encouraging creative work.

  • Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award
  • Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Associate Professor
    Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
    Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children
  • Leslie Parker, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN
    University of Florida College of Nursing
    Gainesville, Florida, USA
  • Capstone International Nursing Book Award
  • Nurses Making Policy From Bedside to Boardroom, Third Edition
    Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick
    Springer Publishing (USA)
  • Creative Communications Award
  • James Q. Simmons, DNP, MSN, RN, BA, AGACNP-BC
  • Acute Nurse Practitioner
    St. Francis Medical Center & One Health Medical Clinic
    Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award
  • Anna Dermenchyan, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CPHQ
    Director of Quality
    Department of Medicine, UCLA Health
    North Hollywood, California, USA
  • Dorothy Ford Buschmann Outstanding New Member Award
  • Alexandra Hughes, BSN, RN
    Emergency Department Clinical Nurse
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Founders Award-Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Service
  • Richard A. Henker, PhD, CRNA, FAANA, FAAN
    University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Founders Award-Edith Moore Copeland Award for Excellence in Creativity and Innovation
  • Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, BCEE, FAAN, ANEF
    Professor of Environmental Engineering
    Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Rolla, Missouri, USA
  • Founders Award-Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Research
  • Martine Puts, PhD, RN
    Associate Professor
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Founders Award-Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education
  • Laura N. Kirk, PhD, MS, BSN
    Clinical Associate Professor
    University of Minnesota, School of Nursing
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Founders Award-Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice
  • Mildred O. Kowalski, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CCRP
    Nurse Manager-Center for Innovation and Research
    Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System
    Morristown, New Jersey, USA
  • Founders Award-Mary Tolle Wright Award for Excellence in Leadership
  • Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Dean Emeritus
    University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Helen Henry Excellence of Care Award
  • Pulmonary Integrated Care Committee
    Atlantic Healthy System
    Morristown, New Jersey, USA
  • Lucie S. Kelly Mentor Award
  • John O’Donnell, DrPh, CRNA, CHSE, FSSH, FAANA, FAAN
    Professor & Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia and Director of the Nurse Anesthesia DNP Program
    University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Melanie C. Dreher Award for Outstanding Chapter Support
  • Beverly S. Reigle, PhD, RN, FARN
    Associate Professor, Emerita
    University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
    West Chester, Ohio, USA
  • Research Dissertation Award
  • Dion Candelaria, PhD, RN, MN (ClinTeach), GradCertN (Cardiovasc)
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney
    Wolli Creek, New South Wales, Australia
  • Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award
  • Young Ji Lee, PhD, MSN, RN
    Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine
    University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Honorary membership is conferred by Sigma’s Board of Directors on individuals throughout the world who are not eligible for regular membership but have demonstrated sustained superior achievements that have contributed to the advancement of nursing and healthcare at the national or global levels.

  • Heather Becker, PhD
    Research Scientist
    The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
    Austin, Texas, USA
  • Bill Cessato, DLS
    Deputy Director
    Georgetown University Center for Research & Fellowships
    Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • Patricia Coleman-Burns, PhD, MA
    Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing
    University of Michigan, School of Nursing
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • Jody Dalton
    Former Chief Financial Officer
    Sigma Theta Tau International
    Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Emily Logan
    Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission
    Dublin, Ireland
  • Mark Lombardi, PhD
    Maryville University
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Jonathan Morgan
    Sigma Foundation Board of Directors
    Grass Valley, California, USA
  • Koy Parada, PhD, MPH
    Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Global and Urban Health
    School of Nursing, Azusa Pacific University
    Azusa, California, USA
  • Ken Schindler
    Chief Compliance Officer, Empower
    Sigma Foundation Board of Directors
    Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Scott Shaw, PhD, D.Min, LPC-S, LMHC, LMSW
    Dean and Professor of Social Sciences and Human Services
    Grace Christian University
    East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
  • Kylie Smith, PhD
    Associate Professor, Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing & the Humanities
    Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Bruce Springer
    Prolucent Health
    Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Ian J. Turpin
    LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, Ltd.
    Austin, Texas, USA
  • Walter Ulrich
    CEO and President
    Medical Bridges
    Houston, Texas, USA
  • Nicole Wertheim
    Co-Founder and Advisor
    Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation
    Miami, Florida, USA
  • Dana Woods, MBA
    Chief Executive Officer
    American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
    Aliso Viejo, California, USA

About Sigma

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 100,000 active members and 600 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. Learn more at


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