Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Alumni Award Winners
Award for Excellence 2017
The Award for Excellence recognizes alumni who demonstrate outstanding leadership and achievement in nursing, and has made significant contributions in nursing or related areas of health care.
Martha K. Swartz (NUR '77)
Since 1981, Martha K. Swartz has held a joint clinical appointment as part of her larger academic role as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Center. She has held several appointed leadership positions as a faculty member of Yale University School of Nursing, including coordinator for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs, the Deputy Health Information Privacy and Accountability Officer, and Chair of the Primary Care Division through which she now oversees six APRN clinical specialties.
In addition to her work at YSN, Dr. Swartz has served on the boards of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She also co-chaired a task force with representatives from NAPNAP and the Society for Pediatric Nurses to define and re-state the scope and standards of practice for pediatric nursing, which was one of the first collaborative efforts on the part of clinical experts from both NAPNAP and SPN.
Through her academic career, her authorship and dissemination of Pediatric Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, and due to her tenure as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Dr. Swartz has been widely cited as a clinical expert who has steadily promoted improvements in pediatric health care. She has received numerous awards for her contributions including the Virginia Henderson Clinical Scholarship Award from the Delta Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, was designated as among the Top 25 Pediatric Nursing Professors, and was also inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.
Young Alumni Award for Excellence
The Young Alumni Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding leadership and achievement in nursing and significant contributions in nursing or related areas of health care by alumni within 10 years of graduation from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Their accomplishments are rooted in their FPB education.
Kirstyn M. Kameg (DNP ‘08)
Kirstyn Kameg is the coordinator of the PMHNP Program at Robert Morris University’s School of Nursing. As a professor, she developed the first BSN to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program in the state of Pennsylvania, where students prepare to treat patients experiencing mental health difficulties across the lifespan.
Director of the Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education (AIME) project, Dr. Kameg’s project’s overarching goal is to improve access to care, quality of care, and safety for patients across the lifespan who have mental health needs, particularly patients experiencing multiple chronic conditions. Serving as director to the project, Dr. Kameg used this funding to purchase state-of-the-art video teleconferencing equipment that enabled them to reach students throughout the country who did not have access to a PMHNP program.
A Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing alumna, Dr. Kameg received her DNP in August, 2008. She went on to assume leadership roles in service related activities at Robert Morris University, where she is the Co-Chair on the Progression Committee in the Department of Nursing, and has an impressive publication record with nine journal publications, three book chapters and fifteen presentations in the last five years.