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Taylor receives 'Spirit of Renewal Nursing Excellence Award' - Friday, October 23, 2009
Cheryl Taylor, director of the Office of Nursing Research at Southern University Baton Rouge campus's School of Nursing has been selected to receive the prestigious Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award for Nursing Excellence by the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing.

Taylor will receive the award during the STTI Biennial Convention in Indianapolis in November.

Only one nurse leader is bestowed the prestigious Spirit of Renewal Award by Sigma Theta Tau biennially.

The award recognizes a nurse leader who exemplifies purposeful reflection in practice, mindful understanding of human interrelationships, and displays an appreciative, futuristic vision for the practice of nursing.

"Dr. Taylor is an inspiration and reminds us through her actions that we must take care of ourselves as well as each other so that we can provide the best care for our patients and the communities we serve," wrote Carol J. Huston, STTI President.

"It is humbling to be acknowledged by the world of nurses for my creativity and leadership in service, science, and spiritual renewal," said Taylor. "To God be the glory for my strength, honor and courage. Thanks to my colleagues and future nurses for being the jewels in the crown of quality health care for all."

Taylor is a former American Nurses Association Ethnic Minority Fellow. She has spent the past four decades mentoring nursing students, leading  community health initiatives, and creating partnerships across the nation.

As a member of the graduate faculty in Southern's School of Nursing, Taylor teaches research, philosophy of science and health policy.