Dr. Ginny Pepper Lifetime Achievement Award
Sep 6, 2013 1:00 PM
Dr. Ginny Pepper Celebrates the Past, Present and Future with a Lifetime Achievement Award from CU College of Nursing
Friday, September 6, Ginette Pepper, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and PhD program at the University of Utah’s College of Nursing, was recognized by her alma mater for her myriad contributions to the profession of nursing when she received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from CU College of Nursing. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors alumni who are recognized for their contributions to improving the quality of life and impact on the health care system as educators, clinicians or administrators. The award was presented to Pepper at the 2013 Alumni Awards Luncheon in Aurora, Colo.
Pepper is widely regarded for her pioneering work as the nation's first geriatric nurse practitioner. Since earning her bachelor of science degree in nursing from CU in 1968, her master of science degree in medical-surgical nursing/family nurse practitioner from the University of Utah in 1972, and her doctor of philosophy in psychobiological nursing and pharmacology from CU in 1985, Pepper has become known nationally and internationally as an expert in patient safety.
Her research to prevent or ameliorate harm resulting from pharmacologic interventions, particularly in the elderly population, is evidenced by her numerous publications and presentations, and her much sought after expertise as a researcher and consultant. She holds the Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby Presidential Endowed Chair in Gerontological Nursing, has had her work recognized with multiple research and teaching awards and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).
In celebration of Pepper’s contributions to the profession of nursing and in honor of her Lifetime Achievement Award, the University of Utah College of Nursing asked her to reflect on her past accomplishments, present rewards and future aspirations.
Paving the way for Today’s Professional Women
“When I reflect on my career, I often think about the fact that I was part of an early generation of women that were managing both career and family,” Pepper says. “There were not the supports in place then that there are now. We were navigating without a roadmap; in many ways, we were creating the roadmap!”
“Working with students and even postdoctoral fellows continues to be the most rewarding component of my career,” says Pepper. “I marvel at their growth and contributions. Recently I was in a meeting with a student who was presenting her research to a clinical team. It was heartwarming to see how well she articulated the importance of her research in a way that engaged the clinicians to get involved.”
Building a Better Future for Nursing
“While there are certainly more resources now for working parents than there were when I began my career, we need to continue to think about the supports we offer to nurses that are parents—or desire to be,” says Pepper. “We are at a critical juncture in health care, and in this time of radical change, nurse practitioners and nurses in roles like care management are increasingly important. We need to be sure we have an environment that provides the resources working parents need so they can fully contribute to patient care.”
Congratulations, Dr. Pepper!