Professor receives top nursing award

SPOKANE — Lorna Schumann, an associate professor at the Washington State Intercollegiate College of Nursing, will receive the prestigious state award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence during the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 22nd National Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., June 20-24.

Founded in 1991, this award recognizes a nurse practitioner in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice, research, nurse practitioner education or community affairs.

Schumann, PhD, FAANP, is the lead faculty member of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at ICN. In addition to her faculty position, Schumann practices in an urgent care clinic and in area intensive care and critical care units.
She also volunteers in an infectious disease clinic. She is actively involved in international practice, serving in different capacities in Honduras, Ecuador, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, India and China.

Schumann obtained her doctorate in higher education with a cognate in physiology/pathophysiology from the University of Idaho. She obtained a master’s degree from the University of California, San Francisco with a specialty in Advanced Practice Surgical Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Sacramento. In addition, Schumann completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and University of South Carolina, Columbia.

She is certified or licensed as a clinical nurse specialist in Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing, an adult nurse practitioner, a family nurse practitioner, an acute care nurse practitioner and a critical care registered nurse. In addition, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Schumann’s research has focused on the treatment of multiple sclerosis, attitudes toward patients with HIV, adult respiratory distress syndrome, attitudes of alumni toward their Bachelor of Nursing educational programs, and international clinical practice. Her work has been published in several books and journals and has helped define excellence in health care, thus significantly contributing to the improvement of care for individuals, families and communities.

“Being a nurse practitioner has been a very rewarding career,” Schumann said. “This award is very special to me because it is one where I have been nominated by my peers.”

The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. With more than 21,500 individual members and over 130 group members, AANP provides national representation for approximately 95,000 nurse practitioners.