Public Information Officer
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 23, 2005
DANZEY NAMED RECIPIENT OF SAINT JOHN’S
CENTER CHAIR OF EXCELLENCE IN NURSING
Ida Danzey, SMC’s
assistant dean of health sciences who has had a long and distinguished
career in nursing and nursing education, has been named the recipient
of the first Saint John’s Health Center Chair of Excellence in Nursing.
Danzey receives $5,000 a year for each of the next three years to be used
for projects of her choice that will enhance nursing instruction. She
plans to use the funds to initiate a specially designed project to boost
the confidence level of nursing students’ decision making, increase
the students’ ability to apply knowledge, and decrease the attrition
rate of students in the nursing program.
“I cannot think of a more worthy recipient of this chair of excellence,”
said SMC Interim President Dr. Thomas J. Donner
in announcing the winner at SMC’s recent graduation ceremonies.
Donner was joined by Mary Ellen Blakley, director
of patient care services at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa
Monica, and SMC Foundation Executive Director JoAnn
Danzey “is hard working and, under her leadership, the nursing program
has forged important partnerships with L.A.-area hospitals for unique
nursing training programs held in the hospitals themselves,” Donner
said. “This has been done to help alleviate the acute nursing shortage
This is the sixth chair of excellence
established at SMC. The others are in physical science, biology, earth
science, music and art. Such awards – believed to be rare for a
community college – are administered by the SMC Foundation and are
funded from the interest earned on the endowments.
The chair of excellence in nursing was established through the contributions
of Saint John’s and the SMC Foundation President’s Circle.
Danzey has taught pediatrics and medical-surgical nursing at SMC since
1991, but has also taught at several other colleges, including Los Angeles
Southwest and the Los Angeles County Medical Center School of Nursing.
She has also served as a nurse in Los Angeles public schools, in the Veterans
Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles, and in the Children’s
Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.
She is also active in many professional organizations and SMC committees.
Danzey earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Dillard University
in New Orleans and her master of science in nursing from California State
University at Los Angeles. She is currently working on a doctorate in
nursing through Case Western University in Ohio.
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