Dr. Anne Hirsch PhD, ARNP, FAAN, FAANP was honored recently by the King County Nurses Association (KCNA) as a “Shining Star”. This award is presented annually to nurses who demonstrate excellence in their areas of practice or contribute significantly to the nursing profession.
Dr. Hirsch, Professor and N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair, is Associate Dean for Graduate Education and at Seattle University College of Nursing. A mentor and inspiration to colleagues and students alike, Dr. Hirsch is committed to assuring that health care is available and relevant to all, and has written numerous federal grants to ensure underrepresented ethnic minorities and rural students can have access to education and productive careers as advanced practice nurses.
Dr. Hirsch has an unwavering commitment to serving people experiencing homelessness through service programs and a passion for inspiring her students to become engaged in making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. She recently established ongoing foot care clinics in Seattle at St. Francis House and the Millionaire Club that involved her students, executive leadership program classmates, and donors who provided steel-toed shoes. Through her efforts, many people have walked away from the clinics with clean feet, huge smiles and the shoes they needed for jobs in industrial settings.
Dr. Hirsch is in good company sharing the “Shining Star” honor with the Executive Director for the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), Judy Huntington, MN, RN and Behauden Omer, RN, BSN, a nurse who practices in Jail Health Services at King County Correctional Facility. Along with the three Shining Stars, 15 student scholarship recipients, among them 6 Seattle University nursing students, were honored at the Annual KCNA Meeting and Spring Banquet held Thursday, May 11, 2017.
To learn more about KCNA, visit www.kcnurses.org