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Nov. 26, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Nurse practitioners coalition honors SRU graduate

Sheila Gealey, a 1987 Slippery Rock University nursing graduate, has been presented the inaugural Gealey Nurse Practitioner Award created by the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and named in her honor.

In the future, the annual award will go to a nurse practitioner who works to advance the nurse practitioner profession.

Gealey served as the first president of the PCNP and remains on its executive board, according to a recent report in the Butler Eagle.

Gealey authored a study describing the future of nurse practitioners education and careers that has been reviewed by the National Council of Stare Boards of Nursing, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and others.

The SRU graduate is credited with helping establish the Community Health Clinic of Butler County that serves those ages 18-64 without insurance coverage. She is vice president of its board. The clinic relies on donated services by nurses, doctors and dentists.

Gealey began her nursing education at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

She has lectured at the University of Pittsburgh and SRU on the regulatory history of nurse practitioners and legislative activism. She has testified before state legislative committees, regulatory agencies and state cabinet officials.

In addition to her SRU degree, Gealey earned her master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

The PCNP is the state organization promoting and protecting the practice of more than 7,500 certified registered nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania. Formed in the 1980's by three nurse practitioners, the organization now has 18 regional groups and more than 1,350 members. Each region offers networking opportunities and has a representative on the PCNP executive board that discusses issues and sets organizational goals.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.