Two UA College of Nursing Faculty Named to Nursing Week’s Fabulous 50

Since 1995, the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation selects 50 nurses annually to honor for their accomplishments, innovations and contributions to the community

 TUCSON, Ariz. – Since 1995, the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation selects 50 nurses annually to honor for their accomplishments, innovations and contributions to the community. This year, two University of Arizona College of Nursing faculty members have been named as Fabulous 50 nurses.

Connie Miller, MSN, RNC, clinical assistant professor, has been a nurse for 29 years.  Raised in South Dakota, she joined the U.S. Air Force immediately upon graduation from nursing school to “see the world,” and within her first year of active duty she was assigned in Germany, which turned out to be  one of her favorite nursing jobs. She later transferred into the Air Force Reserves and retired as a colonel in 2007.  She has called Tucson home for the past 20 years, graduating from the UA College of Nursing in 1995 with a master’s degree in maternal newborn nursing and nursing education.

“One of the most rewarding parts of being a nurse is teaching students and patients.  I get to do both in my current job so I couldn’t be happier teaching at the UA,” she said.

Cindy Rishel, PhD, RN, OCN, clinical faculty member, has been a registered nurse for 41 years and has lived in Tucson since 1995. She earned her PhD  from the UA College of Nursing in 2010.  In addition to her role at the College of Nursing, Dr. Rishel is the administrator of nursing research and practice for The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus.  “It is humbling to be recognized by your peers and I am deeply appreciative,” Dr. Rishel said.

Both nurses, along with the other members of this year’s Fabulous 50, will be recognized at the 2012 Tucson Fabulous 50 Nurses Gala on Saturday, May 12, 7 p.m. at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort.

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Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu.