Tennessee nurses honored at annual conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) Annual Achievement Awards Gala took
place recently during the TNA- TSNA Joint Conference held at the Hilton – Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
Over 200 guests – including nurses and student nurses from across the state, along with
colleagues and family members – were in attendance.
“The awards gala is TNA’s opportunity to honor individuals who make outstanding contributions to
the nursing profession,” says Tina Gerardi, Executive Director of TNA.
Honorees were nominated by fellow TNA members for their exceptional dedication, commitment and
professionalism to nursing. Here’s a look at this year’s honorees.
The Alma Gault Leadership Award
Tina McElravey, MPH, BSN, RN
This award recognizes a member of TNA who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities in all
dimensions of nursing practice.
Tina McElravey is professionally and technically involved in government affairs and promotes
nursing awareness and participation in policy development and political action. Tina has been
instrumental in improving Shelby County immunization rates for high risk populations from 43
percent to 86 percent in three years. Her involvement has led to greater community resilience with
stronger public health, less vulnerability and improved emergency capabilities for 1.3 million
Louise Browning Political Nurse Award
Nancy Appling, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, ACNP-BC
This award recognizes a TNA member who promotes nursing awareness and participation in policy
development and political action.
Nancy Appling has worked tirelessly to have legislation introduced and passed in this past
legislative session. Nancy has been the driving force in Tennessee to change the law to secure
title protection for advanced practice registered nurses who have completed an RNFA program. She
continues to raise the bar for the educational standards of the APRN RNFA.
This award recognizes a TNA member who promotes and maintains excellence in nursing practice,
nursing education, advance practice nursing, nursing research, or nursing administration by
promoting and maintaining excellence in professional practice.
Christian Ketel is one of the founders and Clinical Manager for the Mercury Court Clinic. Mercury
Court Clinic is a community embedded, nurse- designed, and award -winning clinic that focuses on
delivering team-based interprofessional care to vulnerable patients in Nashville and the
surrounding region. The clinic has served over 6,000 vulnerable patients and supported over 400
interprofessional students in providing high quality care over the past seven years.
Dr. Ketel is also a clinical informatics consultant for the Tennessee Primary Care Association
where he assists Federally Qualified Health Centers in the development of local and statewide
clinical information systems to expand the use and availability of clinical information in hopes of
improving clinical quality, cost effectiveness and patient safety across Tennessee.
Despite his many endeavors, Dr. Ketel remains committed to serving the underserved population in
Nashville and surrounding areas.
Outstanding Employer Award
Saint Francis Hospital
This award recognizes a health care agency, school or nursing or other employer who demonstrates a
continued commitment to nurses and nursing excellence.
Saint Francis Hospital is committed to quality, nursing empowerment, and to providing mentorship
and preceptorship to local schools of nursing. Saint Francis is recognized as a healthcare leader
at both the local and national level.
Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA), established in 1905 is a constituent of the American Nurses
Association. TNA empowers the registered nurse, advocates for the practice of nursing and champions
quality healthcare for all Tennesseans.
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