Published on August 3, 2015 by Katie Stripling  

Carol J. Ratcliffe, associate professor in Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and nursing alumna Lindsey Harris have received top honors from the National Black Nurses Association. Ratcliffe was named the 2015 Nurse Educator of the Year, and Harris, an inpatient glycemic control nurse practitioner at UAB Hospital, was named Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year. Ratcliffe and Harris received their awards at the NBNA President’s Gala on Saturday, August 2 in Atlanta, Ga.

“It is extraordinary to see these two Samford nurses being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments at the national level,” said Jane Martin, nursing school senior associate dean. “It is rare to have two Alabama nurses recognized in the same year, having them both be Samford alumni makes it even more special,” she added.

Ratcliffe has served as a member of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing faculty since 2010 and she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Samford in 2009. She has an extensive health care leadership background and spent 16 years as a nursing and hospital executive in multiple large health care systems.

Harris received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samford in 2006 and is well known for her leadership in the nursing profession. She is widely considered as an expert in the geriatric population and is the recipient of numerous awards honoring excellence in nursing. 

Both Ratcliffe and Harris are previous recipients of the School of Nursing’s Living Legacy Award, which honors alumni who have made a significant impact on humanity through patient care, innovation and leadership. 

"NBNA is thrilled to recognize our nurse colleagues for their outstanding work within the profession of nursing and throughout the communities where they work and live.  They are the exemplary professionals who demonstrate commitment, excellence and innovation...role models for all of us to follow.  NBNA salutes each of the 2015 Nurse of the Year honorees", stated Reverend Dr. Deidre Walton, NBNA President. 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.