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Award Recipients


2017 TCNS Scholarship Award Recipient - Jennifer Stephen

When attending the Transcultural Nursing Society’s Annual Conference four years ago, I was immediately impressed and inspired by the knowledge and scholarship of the leaders and researchers. From the roundtable discussions to the podium presentations, experts on a variety of culturally related topics discussed their work and shared their findings. I remember thinking how fortunate I was to meet the nurses whose books and research had previously advanced my knowledge and transformed my practice.

As a PhD in Nursing student at Duquesne University, I too have the opportunity to grow in transcultural nursing knowledge and develop my research skills thanks to the generous financial support of the Society’s 2017 Scholarship Award. My goal is to advance knowledge about the experiences, values, and beliefs of Spanish speaking parents, who speak little to no English, when their children are hospitalized.

I believe active participation in the Transcultural Nursing Society is an important part of my professional development. Membership has enabled me to advance my transcultural nursing knowledge and network and learn from experts. Receiving the scholarship validates my academic pursuit and research interest and motivates me to give back to the Society. Most importantly, the award facilitates and energizes my desire and commitment to make a difference through research in the lives of vulnerable patients and families.

With sincere gratitude,
Jennifer Stephen


 Transcultural Nursing Society NE Chapter Research Award - First Recipient

Eda Ozkara San, RN, MBA - PhD Student at CUNY Graduate Center in Nursing.  “Effect of the Diverse Standardized Patient Simulation (DSPS) Cultural Competence Education Strategy on Nursing Students’ Transcultural Self-Efficacy Perceptions” $1,000 Transcultural Nursing Society NE Chapter Research Award - First Recipient.  Eda Ozkara San is currently an international PhD student at City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in Doctoral of Nursing Science Program. She was born in 1986 in Turkey. Before joining CUNY Graduate Center, between 2005-2009, she completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Koc University in Istanbul-Turkey. In 2012, she completed her MBA degree in Health Care Management at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul-Turkey. She has experience as an Registered Nurse (RN) in emergency nursing care and medical surgical nursing. She has two high honors certificates from Koc
University and Bahcesehir University.


2016 Research Award Recipient Information

Laurie A. Bennett, PhD (c), MSN, RN - PhD - Nursing Education program at Nova Southeastern University. “THE ESSENCE OF INFLUENCES ON
PERCEPTIONS OF CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE NURSING STUDENTS COMPLETING THEIR SENIOR YEAR”
$3,000 Transcultural Nursing Research Award
Laurie A. Bennett, PhD(c), MSN, RN is a full time faculty member in the nursing department at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH where she teaches Adult Medical Surgical Nursing and Care of the Elderly & Chronically Ill. She lives in NH with her family.


2015 Research Award Recipient Information

Sarah Miner, RN, MSN, University of Rochester, School of Nursing, Health Practice Research Program was chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Research Award from the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS). This award will provide $3,000 toward the costs associated with her research, which will be presented at the TCNS Annual Conference when completed. Ms. Miner will be recognized as the recipient of the research grant at the 41st Annual Conference of the ranscultural Nursing Society held in Portland, OR, October 2015.


2014 Research Award Recipient Information

Beth Desaretz Chiatti, RN, MSN, PhD (candidate), CSN, CTN-B was chosen as the recipient of the 2014 Research Award from the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS). This award will provide $3,000 toward the costs associated with her research, which will be presented at the TCNS Annual Conference when completed. Ms. Chiatti will be recognized as the recipient of the research grant at the 40th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society held in Charleston, SC, October 2014.


2013 Transcultural Nursing Society Scholarship Award Recipient

We would like to congratulate Mr. Hunter Keys on receiving the $1,000 award to continue his studies in Transcultural Nursing. Mr. Keys will be recognized as the recipient of this award at the 39th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society held in Albuquerque, NM, October 2013.


2013 Research Award Recipient Information

Sharon A. Kubik, DNP(c), ACNP, APRN-BC, CCRN was chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Research Award from the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS). This award provided $2,559.00 toward the costs associated with her research, which will be presented at the TCNS Annual Conference when completed. Dr. Kubik was recognized as the recipient of the research grant at the 39th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society held in Albuquerque, NM, October 2013


2012 Research Award Recipient Information

Karen W. Burkett, PhD(c),PNP-BC and Pamela J. Embler RN, MSN were chosen as the recipients of the 2012 Research Award from the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS). This award will provide each individual with $3,000 toward the costs associated with research, which will be presented at the TCNS Annual Conference when completed. They were recognized as the recipients of the research grant at the 38th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society held in Orlando, FL October 2012.


2010 Virginia V. Andrews Scholarship Award Recipient

We would like to congratulate Pamela J. Embler RN, MSN on receiving the $1,000 award to continue her studies in Transcultural Nursing. Ms. Embler was recognized as the recipient of this award at the 36th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society held in Atlanta, Georgia October 20-23, 2010.


J. Frank and Joan Uhl Pierce Transcultural Nursing Award Recipient for 2010

We would like to congratulate the J. Frank and Joan Uhl Pierce Transcultural Nursing Award Recipient for 2010, Roxanne Amerson, PhD, RN, BC, CTN-A for her work: “The Role of Cultural Encounters During International Service‐Learning.” She presented her work at the 36th Annual Conference of the TCNS in Atlanta, GA in October 2010.


2010 Transcultural Nursing Society Scholarship Award Recipient

We would like to congratulate Kathleen Holman BS, RNC on receiving the $1,000 award to continue her studies in Transcultural Nursing. Ms. Holman will be recognized as the recipient of this award at the 37th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society held in Las Vegas,NV, October 19-22, 2011.