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Louise Browning Political Nurse Award.

The recipient of the 2007 Louise Browning Political Nurse Award is Diana Baker, EdD, RN, APRN, BC, of Memphis.

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This award recognizes a TNA member who demonstrates excellence in professional and technical involvement in government affairs, promoting nursing awareness and participation in policy development and political action, educating nurses about legislative issues and the political process, and guiding the policy development process of the association.

Baker is Coordinator of Nursing Research for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation.

Baker has always been on the forefront of political activism regarding nursing issues and promoting awareness by advocating political action for more than 40 years. She is credited with initiating the TNA District 1 Legislative Forum, which has been held annually for the past six years. Baker had a vision to create a political forum where politicians and legislators could communicate with nurses from all settings to foster dialogue about important health care issues. She recently joined the League of Women Voters in order to foster a closer relationship between that organization and TNA in order to promote TNA's legislative agenda.

Baker has made many contributions to the Tennessee Nurses Association including serving as TNA District 1 President and as a member of the District 1 Board of Directors.

Baker holds a bachelor's of science in nursing from the Ohio State University, Columbus, 1959, and a master's in education degree in education administration and supervision from Memphis State University, 1972. She earned a master's of science in nursing, psychiatric and community mental health nursing from the University of Tennessee College of Health Care Sciences, 1978, and a doctorate in education administration and supervision with a management collateral from the Fogelman College of Business at Memphis State University in 1992. Baker holds a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska, 1998.
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Title Annotation:Tennessee Nurses Association presents 2007 TNA Achievement Awards; Diana Baker
Publication:Tennessee Nurse
Date:Dec 22, 2007
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