Dr. Melissa Craft, PhD receives the Brenda Lyon Leadership Award from Vince Holly, board president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Oklahoma Nurse, Professor Honored
with National Nursing Leadership Award


Melissa Craft, Ph.D., a nurse, faculty member and academic leader at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, was recently honored by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Craft received the Brenda Lyon Leadership Award, which recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. It is named for Brenda Lyon, a founding member and the second president of NACNS.
Craft is an assistant professor, Ph.D. program director and interim associate dean for academic administration and graduate education at the OU College of Nursing.
“I am truly humbled and honored by this award,” she said. “I have been a clinical nurse specialist for 30 years, and being able to contribute to the ongoing vitality of this incredibly valuable advanced practice nursing role is a high point of my career.”

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