Sigma Nursing announces 2023 Healthy Work Environment Award recipients

INDIANAPOLIS—Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) has announced the clinical and academic honorees for the 2023 Healthy Work Environment Award. The academic honoree is the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The clinical honoree is Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, Unit 2E in Valley Stream, New York, USA.

The Healthy Work Environment Award honorees will be recognized during Sigma’s Creating Healthy Work Environments event, which will be held in Austin, Texas, USA, 10-12 February 2023. The representatives of each honoree will present plenary sessions on Saturday, 11 February. Representing the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio will be Megan Pfitzinger Lippe, PhD, MSN, RN, and Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN. They will present “Faculty, Staff, and Students Matter.” Kerlene T. Richards, DNP RN NE-BC CCRN, and Rachel Landau, BSN, RN-BC, will represent Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Unit 2E and present “One Unit's Journey Toward Building a Culture of Compassion & Collaboration #Healthyworkenvironment.”

Sigma President Kenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, RCSI, FAAN, said, “The 2023 academic and clinical honorees have taken bold action to ensure their respective work environments are healthy, welcoming places valuing representation, compassion, and collaboration. I congratulate Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Unit 2E and the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio for their accomplishments and leadership in this critical area.”

Sigma’s Healthy Work Environment Awards recognize and honor clinical facilities and academic settings that have demonstrated commitment in promoting a healthy work environment and excellence in healthcare outcomes. Read more about Creating Healthy Work Environments. Read about all the Sigma awards that recognize achievements and contributions in nursing.

Sigma’s Creating Healthy Work Environments event is designed specifically to help leaders in both academic and clinical settings develop, implement, and maintain strategies to improve their organizations’ work environments.


The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members and 600 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare.

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