According to the organization, the award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to rehabilitation nursing and to the association, and is the most prestigious honor given by the group.
The Elyria resident, who has been a professor at UT since 1994, is past president of the association board and former chair of the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation, the arm of the organization that funds research in rehabilitation nursing practice. According to the association, she has been a key contributor to a variety of national and chapter committees.
“For more than 20 years, Dr. Pierce has exemplified the philosophy and goals of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and has spent her career as a role model for rehabilitation nursing,” said Kathy Doeschot, immediate past president of the association. “She has supported the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses’ organizational goals through her ongoing volunteer service to the organization, her teaching, and her sustained record of research funding and publications.
“The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses wishes to thank Dr. Pierce for generously contributing her energies and talent to the organization and the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation, and for projecting a positive image of rehabilitation nursing through her research, teaching and practice.”
Pierce earned a doctorate in the philosophy of nursing from Wayne State University, along with master of science and bachelor of science degrees in nursing from the University of Akron. She is a board-certified rehabilitation registered nurse and an elected Fellow of the American Heart Association and the Academy of Nursing.
The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses promotes the professional rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by chronic illness or physical disability.