Teresa Valerio, assistant professor in nursing, received the 2013 Marie Lindsey Spirit of Advanced Practice Nursing Award from the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN) as a tribute to her professionalism in the field.
According to the ISAPN, the winner of the award must exemplify the characteristics of leadership, commitment and achievement in advanced practice nursing.
While Valerio was not expecting the award, she said she hoped she would earn the recognition of her peers at ISAPN after volunteering for Region 3 as chairperson, treasurer and vice president for a total of nine years.
“This award is an honor that highlights my career as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who provides excellent patient care, educates FNP students and improves patient care through utilizing research,” Valerio said.
Currently, she teaches FNP and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the Mennonite College of Nursing. She also leads ISU’s new DNP program.
“I also see students at Student Health Services for health problems including sleep problems as I am an FNP and a sleep specialist,” she said.
Valerio is also the recipient of the 2013 Nurse Practitioner State Award of Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
In 2012, Valerio was the first nurse practitioner to become board-certified in the practice of Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
Catherine Miller, associate dean for academics in the Mennonite College of Nursing, said the college is appreciative of Valerio’s accomplishments.
“We have just a fantastic faculty member here. There is no better way for our students who are in our Family Nurse Practitioner program to see what type of a role in our communities we believe our graduates should and will do. Teresa emulates that everyday,” Miller said.
A native of Morton, Valerio received her master’s from the Mennonite College of Nursing before perusing her doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Valerio says she hopes the next step in her career will be achieving a promotion to Associate Professor at ISU.