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Two Receive Awards at Loewenberg School of Nursing Ceremony
For release: May 15, 2006
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Two awards were presented for the first time at the Loewenberg School of Nursing pinning ceremony at the University of Memphis recently.

Dr Gayle Shiba, associate professor in the Loewenberg School, received the first Llewellyn Legacy Professorship. An instructor in the undergraduate and graduate programs, Shiba has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Her clinical and teaching expertise is in the areas of adult health, specifically head and neck cancer, and pediatric nursing.

Shiba has been involved in several research studies. Her current study examines the experiences of patients with head and neck cancer and their caregivers from the time of diagnosis through the end of treatment.

In addition to serving on regular School of Nursing committees, Shiba has been a member of the Faculty Senate and the Safety and Security Committee, and she is a reviewer of faculty grants. She is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society and a member of the Cancer Nursing Journal Editorial Board.

The new professorship honors the contributions of Methodist Healthcare to the health of the Mid-South and recognizes the leadership contributions of Lola Llewellyn, who served as the chief nursing officer of Methodist Hospitals for more than 25 years. The professorship is designed to support the efforts of faculty members who have excelled in teaching, scholarship, and service in the Loewenberg School of Nursing.

Whitney Partin is the first recipient of the Baptist Memorial Administration Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes students who are pursuing an advanced degree in nursing administration and who excel in academics and leadership.

Partin is a student and clinical instructor, and she serves as the ECMO specialist for Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, where she works in the intensive care unit. During the fellowship, Partin will work with the nursing executive staff at Baptist to gain an understanding of the role and function of nursing administration in a multi-system healthcare organization. She also will receive a stipend to assist with tuition and expenses as she completes her master's degree.

The fellowship is part of a $1 million endowment made to the U of M by Baptist Healthcare Corporation.

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