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Biennial NNCA Awards 2016

The Awards Ceremony is our biennial opportunity to recognize members for the unique contributions they make to the Navy, the Nurse Corps, NNCA, or nursing in general. The NNCA Reunion 2016 Awards Breakfast recognized these individuals for their contributions and accomplishments:


  Rear Admiral Alene B. Duerk Award

Award_ElginCDR Karen Eligin, USN was awarded the Rear Admiral Alene B. Duerk award.   CDR Eligin serves at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fl as the only Family Nurse Practitioner Team Leader among four provider teams, the others being physicians.  As Team Leader she supervises and mentors five Family Practice Medical officers, nine physician residents and twelve Hospital Corpsmen/medical assistants in a very busy clinic.  As health care provider, she has 1300 impaneled patients who score her “Outstanding” for care delivered, and she has the highest productivity quotient of all staff providers.  Her many other duties include Adjunct Faculty at Uniformed Services University of Health Science, and is preceptor for locally assigned FNP and Physician Assistant students.  She conducts Career Development Boards for junior officers seeking advanced practice nursing degrees and is the senior advisor to the command’s Nurse Professional Practice Committee.  She serves on the FNNCA Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee, and is the official FNNCA liaison with Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Nurse Corps officers in two state catchment areas.


NNCA Meritorious Recognition Award

 Award_ClintonBobbie Clinton was awarded the NNCA Meritorious Recognition award.   As a NNCA member, Bobbie has served on the NNCA Board of Directors and on the NNCA Nominating Committee.   A charter member, she was instrumental in the formation of the Mid-South Navy Nurse Corps Association (MSNNCA).  She served as the chapter’s first President and now serves as resource and mentor to the current Chapter President. Through her leadership and recruitment focus the chapter’s membership has grown significantly, from 3 to over 30 memberships.  She and chapter members volunteered to host the 2014 NNCA Reunion in Nashville, TN.  It was a huge success!  Bobbie also served as a consultant to the 2016 Reunion Committee staff for the past two years. 


Professional Nursing Award

Award_BeckerDarlene Burke was awarded the Professional Nursing Award. After a distinguished career in the Navy Nurse Corps, Darlene took on that difficult and often thankless role of nursing educator.  Nothing was overlooked in her efforts to train and retain student nurses: skills training, lecturing, syllabus development and offering private tutoring.  An experienced critical care nurse, she has since 2006 prepared nurse interns for their roles as consultant and lecturer for the San Diego of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Internship Program.  Darlene also provides instruction in critical care theory for graduate nursing students at San Diego State University.


Mary G. Stewart Leadership Award

BarbBarbara O’Brien was awarded the Mary G. Stewart Leadership Award.  As past President of NNCA, she initiated the groundwork to hold a Strategic Planning Workshop which aligned members of the Board of Directors under the purpose and vision of the organization.  The realignment facilitated changes to business operations needed to move the NNCA into the future.  This resulted in the NNCA website becoming more dynamic, with enhanced member capabilities.  Her leadership in collaboration with the Board of Directors resulted in significant changes in memorabilia and oral history collection from a volunteer-run site at Port Orchard, WA to History Associates, Inc.  a historical archivist and management company based in Rockville, MD.    Additionally, Barbara’s leadership with the Board of Directors support transitioned the NNCA merchandise sales toward a partnership with Land’s End, which resulted in monetary savings for the NNCA.  Barbara has taken NNCA to new heights when broad ranging and challenging changes, which has reinvigorated the NNCA towards a refreshed outlook and improved business practices.


Luisa Power Volunteer Award

Award_HolmesSandra Homes was awarded the Luisa Power Volunteer Award.  Sandra started her Navy Nurse career caring for wounded Vietnam casualties and now chairs the San Diego Veteran’s Outreach Program, increasing awareness of local resources available to veterans.  She worked tirelessly in researching and vetting twelve veteran organizations and was instrumental in raising over $20,000 for this program.  A long term member of NNCA, she has held a variety positions including:  a former officer on the NNCA Board of Directors and has served in many capacities for the Southern California NNCA Chapter.  Her other volunteer efforts support such organizations as Blue Star Mothers, Wreaths Across America, and Military Outreach Ministries. Described by her chapter as “inspirational”.  Isn’t that what volunteers should do?


NNCA Service Award (2 awards)

Award_ClancyPatricia Clancy was awarded the NNCA Service Award.  Pat is a multi-talented member of her NNCASC chapter.  Her versatility is evident as she has served as Membership Chair for 12 years, helped form the Chapter Scholarship Committee in 2001, and served as Chapter President for two terms and as Vice President for two terms. She has been involved in a plethora of chapter initiatives to include a Military Outreach Program, Navy Nurse Memorial at the local National Cemetery, and as a principle member helped host an NNCA Reunion.  She also volunteers her time and talent to support outreach efforts for Veterans and supports local Navy Nurses who need assistance with transportation and medical advocacy.

Award_PhillipsDon Phillips was awarded the NNCA Service Award.  Don served on the NNCA Board of Directors and during his introductory Directors meeting he volunteered to serve in an unanticipated vacancy as board goal tender for website development.  The NNCA Board of Directors decided that the organization needed a dynamic website with enhanced member capabilities.  Without reservation, he assumed the position even though he had no design expertise in the web world.  A quicker learner, and within a year he worked with a new webmaster, mastered technical aspects of web administration and facilitated numerous changes to improve the site’s interactive capabilities.  The updated NNCA.org website is now an up-to-date gateway for current and future members.  NNCA.org is the go-to site for NNCA information, access to the members directory, ability to read NNCA and Chapter newsletters, view virtual museum memorabilia items,  online voting and much more.



In the past, policy has dictated that names of the selectees remain confidential. The Board of Directors discussed and deliberated, and have modified that policy. In the future, if a selectee is not registered to attend the reunion, he or she will be notified of their selection for an award so they may decide to attend if they wish. They will be asked to keep the information confidential until the formal announcement.

There are many NNCA members deserving of recognition. Please keep them in mind when we call for nominations next year.

Brigitte Balog
Chair; NNCA Awards Committe