UW Bothell Professor Earns 2009 Ethics and Human Rights Award from the Washington State Nurses Association

Monday, April 27, 2009
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BOTHELL, Wash. – Dr. Carol Leppa, a professor of nursing at UW Bothell for over 15 years, will receive the 2009 Ethics and Human Rights Award on Thursday, April 30 at the upcoming 82nd Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) Biennial Convention in Seattle.

The award is given in recognition of excellence in supporting major ethical and human rights issues and recognizes Leppa's distinguished service and valuable assistance to nurses and the nursing profession.
Leppa has been active in the WSNA, serving for many years on the Legislative and Health Policy Council and is past-president of the King County Nurses Association (KCNA). Additionally, she served on the UW Advisory Board for the International Human Rights Education and Research Network.

Says Mary Baroni, Director of the Nursing Program at UW Bothell, "Carol has the unique ability to integrate her research interest in health care policy related to end of life care into state wide applications and pedagogical strategies when teaching courses on ethical and legal issues or in supervising graduate students.  She clearly has engaged in activities supporting ethical and human rights issues in Washington State and has received community recognition and support for her efforts."

Among other accolades, Leppa was named the KCNA Nurse of the Year and received the KCNA Shining Star Award in 2005 and was recognized as a master teacher when she was named a Fellow of the University of Washington Teaching Academy and received a UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998.

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About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.