Jacob Hunter, a recent nursing graduate from Bowling Green State University, is this year’s recipient of the National Student Nursing Association’s Isabel Hampton Robb Leadership Award.The award, given once a year, recognizes student nurses who embody the hard work and leadership of Robb. She published one of the first nursing textbooks in the United States, was the superintendent of nurses and principal of the Training School for Nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and established the American Nurses’ Association, the National League for Nursing and the International Council of Nursing.
Hunter, a Gibsonburg, Ohio, native who received his bachelor of science degree in nursing in May, is serving as president of the Ohio Student Nurses Association until this September. The other board members nominated him for the award, which he received at the 62nd Annual Convention in Nashville along with a $1,000 prize.
“I was pretty overwhelmed,” he said. “It was a very humbling experience to be chosen by my peers. I’m very thankful.”
Hunter is a Bowling Green State University student who completed his degree at both The University of Toledo and BGSU through a consortium between the two universities. He served as president of the UT National Student Nursing Association chapter and as president of BGSU’s Water Polo Club.
His nomination was judged by a panel of nursing leaders selected by Elsevier, an academic publishing company.