Wanda Anderson hearing that she is receiving the 2019 NAHSL Appreciation Award from the nominating committee over Skype.
Wanda has been working at Boston College for 22 years as the nursing librarian. She was previously at Boston University as the biology librarian working in the medical laboratories. And Wanda is only the third librarian at the BC Nursing School Library that was established in 1947!
Wanda is dedicated to health promotion, and finds great joy working with the nursing faculty and students at the BC School of Nursing. A highlight is when she sees students develop critical thinking skills, and life long learning in order to succeed in supporting patient care and advance their careers. Most recently BC SoN have started a DNP program which Wanda is integrated into. She is embedded into the EBP classes and is working with students to develop their research skills. All a continuation of the work that she does in all programs across the School.
The hundreds and hundreds of students she has worked with have not only fanned out to hospitals across Boston and Massachusetts for their clinical training but also in other parts of the world including Haiti and other countries. One example is Wanda’s participation in the Parish Nursing Program at my Church, some of the Graduate Nursing Population Health Program students at Boston College now have their clinical rotation at our Parish Nursing Program.
Of note, one of the BC Nursing Faculty has mentored the School of Nursing at the University of Navarra, Pamploma, Spain, developing the first Doctoral program in Spain. The first PhD recipient in Spain came to Boston College as a Visiting Scholar. Through assisting this PhD Nurse, Wanda was invited to the University of Navarre and had the interesting opportunity to spend a week meeting members of the School of Nursing and Librarians at the Science Library, to guide them in setting-up a Subject Librarian Liaison program at the University of Navarre.
Wanda told us that she learns a lot from NAHSL and members of the community, which she says has helped her stay ahead of in the programming that she can offer to the School. She specifically cited that she knew how to deliver EBP principles before the faculty did.
Wanda thanks the NAHSL and MLA community for the camaraderie and partnership of the members.
Although she was not able to attend NAHSL 2019 conference in Springfield, she will see us all in Maine next year. And at MLA in Portland for those of you going!