PITMAN, NJ – Linda H. Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, president of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), received the prestigious Phyllis J. Verhonick Research Award for her podium presentation at the recent TriService Nursing Research Program Dissemination Course.
The award is given to an Army Nurse Corps (ANC) researcher who delivers the most outstanding podium presentation at the course. This year’s event was held in San Antonio, TX, April 30 to May 3, and Yoder received her award on the last day of the course for her research presentation about the quality of life and behavioral health of military burn survivors.
Dr. Yoder’s award is notable because she is the only Army nurse who has been given three Phyllis J. Verhonick Research Awards over the course of her career – two for outstanding research papers, which she received while on active duty, and the recent podium award.
“I was very honored to receive the award, because Phyllis Verhonick was a pioneer for nursing practice, scholarship, and research,” Yoder said. “She was also known for her wonderful sense of humor!”
Dr. Yoder is serving as AMSN president until September 2018, working with the Board of Directors to set the strategic direction and provide oversight of the association in support of its 12,000 members. She also works as associate professor and Luci Baines Johnson Fellow in Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in Austin, TX.
Dr. Yoder is a retired U.S. Army Colonel whose 28-year career has intertwined military nursing, patient care, research, education, business, leadership, and advocacy.
She began her nursing career in college, thanks to a military scholarship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing. After graduating, she worked at the bedside and in the field for the Army, ascending through the ranks to colonel while earning many military decorations and awards along the way.
Recognizing the importance of nursing education during her career, Dr. Yoder also devoted much of her time to writing, educating, and speaking. Her decades of volunteer and leadership work with AMSN gave her an additional forum to encourage nurses to advocate for themselves and the profession.
Although Yoder is a senior scientist she commented that “It’s always wonderful to have your work recognized as a worthy contribution. I try to do research that will help clinicians help patients and their families. Nurses are central to the delivery of safe, quality care.”
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses(AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to medical-surgical nursing practice. Its mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing.
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