Wanda Spurlock, an associate professor in the SUBR School of
Nursing, has been named the recipient of the coveted "Rosemary Volunteer Award"
presented by the Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area at its recent Annual
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
The award cites Spurlock's tireless effort and dedication in
the area of Alzheimer's.
In her presenting her the award, the Alzheimer's Services
said Spurlock's nursing career is driven by her mission in life, "To improve
the quality of life for persons with Alzheimer's disease." Her commitment to
this mission is demonstrated through her extensive volunteerism with
community-based organizations serving the special needs of persons with AD and
Spurlock started her volunteer work with the local
Alzheimer's Services of the capital area in 1996 when she began serving on the
Patient and Family Services Committee, later becoming its chair. Her responsibilities included training
support group facilitators, conducting site visits to support groups and
completing annual evaluations.
During her tenure of volunteerism with this organization,
she has served on the board of directors and the executive committee
(1999-2004) where she participated in strategic planning for the organization,
program development and fundraising activities.
In addition to serving on the Respite Center Advisory Board,
Spurlock is a member of the Education Committee, Speaker's Bureau, and
Continuing Education Planning Committee.
Spurlock has received a number of nursing awards. She
received the 2009 Louisiana State Nurses Association's Nightingale Award for
Outstanding Community Service by a registered nurse and has been recognized as
an Excellence in Dementia Care Specialist by the Alzheimer's Foundation of
She is currently collaborating with a panel of expert nurses
in the care of persons with dementia to develop a Web-based assessment tool for
registered nurses in nursing homes to assess their knowledge specific to the
care of older persons with dementia. The project is funded by Sigma Theta Tau
International Honor Society of Nursing in partnership with the Hartford Centers
of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.