Two nurses nominated for the UA Alumni Association’s 2008 Homecoming Awards by The University of Arizona College of Nursing’s Alumni Council were recognized at the College’s Homecoming celebration Oct. 25.
Peggy MacMacken, MS, RN, CNAA, BC, chief nursing officer, Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, received the Association’s Professional Achievement Award. An alumna of the UA College of Nursing, she received her bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1969 and her master of science degree in nursing in 1978. She has spent nearly four decades serving and making outstanding contributions to the nursing profession. She has established patient-care initiatives that greatly enhance the quality of patient care, and has aided in the advancement of nursing practice at local, state and national levels. Because of her outstanding reputation, vast experience and superb nursing knowledge, she frequently serves as a consultant, role model and mentor. She has been appointed by Gov. Janet Napolitano to the Governor’s Nursing Shortage Task Force. She also serves as assistant secretary on the board of directors of the Arizona Health Facilities Authority.
Jo Elizabeth “Joey” Ridenour, MN, RN, FAAN, executive director, Arizona State Board of Nursing, received the UA Alumni Association’s Public Service Award. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Arizona State University in 1969 and her master’s of nursing in nursing administration from the University of Phoenix in 1993. With a strong foundation in nursing and nursing administration, Ridenour has given more than three decades of service to Arizona and the nation. She is held in high regard throughout the United States for her dedication to uphold high standards for quality nursing and health care. Ridenour has provided exemplary leadership in health care as president of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, as well as through service as a member of the Arizona Governor’s Nursing Shortage Task Force, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Healthcare Institute and the Arizona Health Sciences Center’s Greater Phoenix Leadership Board.
The awards were presented by Christopher Vlahos, UA Alumni Association president and executive director; Lloyd Fox, UA Alumni Association board chair; and Meredith Hay, PhD, UA executive vice president and provost.