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 Rock alumna awarded Sharp Cutting Edge Award 



Nov. 12, 2008
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Rock alumna awarded Sharp Cutting Edge Award
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tine Hansen-Turton, chief executive officer of National Nursing Centers Consortium and vice president of Health Care Access and Policy at Public Health Management Corp., was awarded the Sharp Cutting Edge Award by the American College of Nurse Practitioners. Hansen-Turton is a 1992 graduate of Slippery Rock University and studied here as an international student from Denmark.

            ACNP presents the Sharp Cutting Edge Award to individuals who display extraordinary dedication to the nurse practitioner community. "ACNP is delighted to recognize the exceptional leadership of Tine Hanson-Turton as recipient of the Sharp Cutting Edge Award," said ACNP President Julie Stanik-Hutt. "She has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the role of nurse practitioners in health care delivery and has been a leading force in the evolution of new models of delivery utilizing the unique expertise of nurse practitioners." 

            Hansen-Turton has led a national movement of nurse-managed health centers for the past decade. "I nominated Tine because of the phenomenal amount of work she has done at the legislative level on behalf of all nurse practitioners," says Kenneth Miller, chairman of the NNCC board of directors. "She not only understands the role and the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, but she recognizes their ability to be a part of the solution to the healthcare crisis in this country." 

            Hansen-Turton oversees NNCC, a professional association of community-based health centers, which has grown under her tenure from 11 regional health centers to more than 200 centers serving more than 2.5 million people. Through NNCC, Hansen-Turton globally promotes nurse practitioners as primary health care providers and offers technical assistance in the areas of fundraising, program development and planning, policy development, health education, advocacy and health center management. 

            In 2005, Hansen-Turton was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to New Zealand to support the growth and development of nurses providing primary care and subsequently organized a successful global healthcare conference there in 2008. Hansen-Turton is also the co-author of two books: "Conversations with Leaders and Community" and "Nurse-Managed Health Centers: Getting them Started and Keeping them Going," which won the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year Award in 2006.

            Hansen-Turton is a member of The Forum of Executive Women and the American and Pennsylvania Public Health Associations. She is chair of Caring People Alliance, a trustee at the Greentree Community Health Foundation and a fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians. She serves on numerous local, statewide and national advisory boards. 

            Hansen-Turton earned a bachelor's degree political science from SRU, a master's degree in government administration from University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute and a juris doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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.

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