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Rebecca D. Mance

Photo: B ManceClass of BSN 2002

Rebecca D. Mance, MSN, RNC, PHCNS-BC, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

Ms. Mance is a full-time faculty member at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus on Community and Public Health Leadership from the University of Virginia.

Located in the nation’s capital, GWU has a rich and diverse population. Having come from New Mexico, Ms. Mance brings with her a vast understanding of various cultures and peoples, which she imparts to the community, her peers and the students she teaches. Her pedagogy, knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to engage her students both in and out of the classroom are impressive. She has established a track record of providing exemplary education and is committed to quality improvement of her courses.

Outside the classroom, Ms. Mance has been involved in various University committees, but the most notable is the University’s Academic Integrity Council. Ms. Mance has been an active participant and has been instrumental in illuminating the issues surrounding integrity. She always ties integrity to the ethical and moral obligations of students and their future careers as nurses.

In addition to her academic responsibilities, Ms. Mance maintains a clinical practice at a local community hospital as a perinatal nurse. She also provides education and quality improvement consulting to the hospital. In addition, she delivers consulting and risk management services through a private firm to hospitals across the country. Continuing her clinical practice has not only allowed her to remain current and relevant at the bedside, but it has also helped her to be an inspiring role model for students.

Despite her busy schedule, Ms. Mance has always been involved in civic activities. She volunteers at the Loudoun Free Clinic in Northern Virginia. This clinic serves a large uninsured immigrant population and provides needed services to members of the community who would otherwise be unable to receive care. She is also a volunteer with the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The MRC comprises medical and nonmedical personnel who serve as volunteers to respond to natural disasters and emergencies. Finally, as a member of the GWU faculty, Ms. Mance has given back to the international community through her medical missions in Haiti. In this effort, she has provided women’s health services, education, counseling and preventative health measures to the central plateau of Haiti while also teaching nursing, medicine and public health students who are seeking international health opportunities.

Ms. Mance has accomplished all of the above while also pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at George Washington University with a concentration in Healthcare Quality. She is expected to complete her studies and graduate in Spring 2017.

Both her academic leadership and her clinical practice have been great sources of knowledge and support for her students as well as her peers. Her influence on nursing lies in her advocacy of the underserved and disadvantaged through policy and volunteerism. Her hard work and dedication are admirable, and this award is well deserved.

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