Alumni and Friends
CHHS Distinguished Alumna of the Year, 2010
Barbara L. Young Summers,
PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
BSN ’78, MSN ’81, PhD ‘95
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, and Division Head, Nursing,
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Barbara Summers received the 2010 CHHS Distinguished Alumna of the Year at the university’s Celebration of Distinction on April 14. Accompanied by her husband George Summers, BS’77, whom she met at Mason, Dr. Summers made a presentation to alumni and faculty entitled “Synchronicity: Auspicious Coincidence, The Journey of one GMU Alumna” prior to the celebration in Dewberry Hall. Her audience listened to an inspired talk during which Dr. Summers shared her personal journey in nursing and described opportunities and events that helped to shape the focus of her career.
Her practice hallmark has been a persistent and unwavering focus on building nursing excellence. She has led the creation of new frameworks and models to develop nurse leaders and build organizational cultures that promote health care safety and professional nursing empowerment.
From 1993 – 1997, Dr. Summers worked at National Institutes of Health, where she was manager of critical care services and a nurse specialist in ambulatory cancer care and research. In addition, Dr. Summers worked for 13 years as a clinical nurse specialist in the cancer center and as director of medical and psychiatric nursing for INOVA. Dr. Summers is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and in November 2009 was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.
School of Nursing alumnae attending the presentation included classmates and colleagues: Karen Drenkard, PhD ’06; Margaret Goode, BSN ‘88, MSN ’99; Paulette Komarny, BSN ’95; Lynn Magrum, BSN ’79, MSN ’81; Lorraine McLean, MSN '96; Christine Slevin MSN '99; and Carolyn Taylor BSN ’78, MSN ’86, MBA ’94.
Enjoy the photographs from the evening! Click on a thumbnail to view a larger sized image.