Pamela T. Rudisill was named UNC Charlotte’s Distinguished Nursing Alumni by the University’s School of Nursing Alumni Chapter. The announcement was made today by Dona Haney ’69, ’79, Chapter President, who noted, “Throughout her career, Pam has proven to be an outstanding advocate for nursing and patient safety.”
The Alumni Chapter will formally present the award at its Second Annual Distinguished Nursing Lectureship Conference: “Health Care Reform: The Future of Nursing – Leading Change, Advancing Health,” from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at UNC Charlotte Center City.
The Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award is bestowed upon an alumnus or alumna who has made outstanding contributions to the School of Nursing or has been recognized for exceptional achievement at the national, state or local levels.
Rudisill, a graduate of the bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing programs respectively, currently serves as Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at Health Management Associates, Inc., where she is responsible for developing and articulating the vision and strategic direction for the delivery of patient care and the practice of nursing for the company’s 70 hospitals. Among her accomplishments at Health Management, she successfully implemented a Patient Safety Program to improve patient care across the enterprise. She also served as Vice President of Nursing and Patient Safety during the four years prior to her 2012 executive appointment.
Rudisill began her career at Health Management as associate executive director and chief nursing officer in 1996, overseeing a multi-million dollar budget for Nursing Services, Performance Improvement, Employee Health, Infection Control and Pharmacy at the system’s Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville.
She was appointed as an adjunct faculty member for UNC Charlotte’s MSN program in 1990 and part-time professor of the same program in 2004.
During her time at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Rudisill also successfully led the hospital to achieve American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition, a program that recognizes organizations for quality patient care. Lake Norman Regional was one of fewer than 395 U.S. hospitals to achieve this award.
Rudisill has published extensively in nursing literature including Advance for Nurses, The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart and Lung, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Applied Nursing Research, Critical Care Clinics of North America, Nurse Leader, and Voice of Nursing Leadership.
She is an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and has served an elected three-year term on the National Board of Directors. She currently represents AONE on the AHA Committee on Performance Improvement, TJC Nursing Advisory Council, and is Chairperson of the System CNE Taskforce. Additionally, Rudisill served as President in 2010. Rudisill also serves on the Innovision Board for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Rudisill is a Board Certified Nursing Administrator Advanced and was a Fellow inductee into the American Academy of Nursing in 2011.
“I think the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award is a great way to recognize the wonderful contributions our alumni have made to healthcare and improving the lives of others,” Dee Baldwin, associate dean and director of the School of Nursing, said. “Our University has produced many exceptional graduates who have made major strides in the field of nursing.”
The School of Nursing is one of four units that comprise the College of Health and Human Services, the fastest growing College at UNC Charlotte.