Linda Cronenwett QSEN Leadership Award

Award Recipients



Patricia A. Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE. NEA-BC, ANEF

Dean and Strawbridge Professor

Ursuline College




Applications for Next Year


This award is named in honor of Linda Cronenwett PhD, RN, FAAN, for her dedicated contributions to quality and safety education in the nursing community. Dr. Cronenwett was one of the founders of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative and served as the Principal Investigator on the Robert Wood Johnson grant that supported QSEN.


The Linda Cronenwett QSEN Leadership Award honors an emerging nurse leader in the field of quality and safety education who has significantly contributed to the education of nurses or student nurses through exemplary vision, influence, critical thinking, communication and role modeling.


Nominees for the Linda Cronenwett QSEN Leadership Award should be registered nurses who:

  1. Advance the development and nurturing of current and future health professionals incorporating attention to system-level competencies in patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety and/or informatics
  2. Demonstrate excellence in leading interprofessional initiatives designed to improve quality and safety education and advancement of QSEN competencies in practice and/or academic settings, or provide direct impact on professional regulation (accreditation, certification or licensure) that create meaningful change in the initial or continuing development of nurses and other health professionals with respect to key competencies related to quality and safety education
  • Develop and mentor future leaders for the long-term work of quality and safety education and practice


Nominations for the Linda Cronenwett Award must be received by April 1, 2019, 11:59 PM. Submissions received after the nomination deadline will not be considered. Nominators and the winning Nominee will be notified via email by April 25, 2019.

Nomination letters need to include examples of the Nominee’s qualifications per the criteria defined above. Excerpts from the statements will be read when the award is presented at the 2019 QSEN Forum in Cleveland, Ohio.


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Previous award winners.