AACN-Gold Interprofessional Humanism in Healthcare Award

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural AACN-Gold Interprofessional Humanism in Healthcare Award, a new honor that celebrates and elevates the collaboration of physicians and nurses. Susan Todd Peeler, MD, MBA, FACOG, and Patricia McMullen, PhD, JD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, are being recognized for their partnership in supporting comprehensive women’s healthcare and disseminating best practices on women’s health to clinicians across a wide range of disciplines. Read the full announcement. 

The AACN and the Gold Foundation jointly created this groundbreaking award, which marks a deepening of the two organizations’ collaboration to support nurses and their essential role in humanism in healthcare. The new award will be centered each year on a theme, which this year is “Innovations in Interprofessional Collaboration that Drive Humanism in Healthcare.”

Submit a nomination by May 1, 2024. Review eligibility and criteria here.

AACN-Gold Partnership

The Gold Foundation’s partnership with AACN began in 2013 with the expansion of the White Coat Ceremony, also known as the Nursing Oath Ceremony, into nursing schools. This iconic ritual emphasizes the importance of humanism in healthcare. In 2018, the Gold Foundation also opened its Dr. Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest to nursing students, awarding three nursing students and three medical students prizes, as well as publication in AACN’s Journal of Professional Nursing and the Association of American Medical College’s Academic Medicine journals.

“A strong partnership between physicians and nurses is essential for humanistic care that supports patients at the highest level. We are delighted to join with AACN to ensure that this important collaboration is recognized and celebrated – and serves as an example for medical and nursing students to emulate in their future careers,” said Kathleen Reeves, MD, President and CEO of the Gold Foundation.

The Gold Foundation is the leading national nonprofit organization championing humanism in healthcare. It does this by empowering experts, learners, and leaders to together create systems and cultures that are grounded in compassion, trust and respect.

The AACN is the national voice for academic nursing. It establishes quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

2024 Gold Humanism Summit

The inaugural AACN-Gold Interprofessional Humanism in Healthcare Award will be presented at the 2024 Gold Humanism Summit in Atlanta. Join us! Learn more and register here.