Dr. Jean Leuner, dean of UCF’s College of Nursing Dean, and Drs. Linda Hennig and Jean Kijek, associate deans of UCF’s College of Nursing, were named “Great 100” nurses at the Florida Nurses Association’s Centennial Celebration Awards Gala on Thursday, September 25, 2009 in St. Pete Beach, Fla. The awards gala honored 100 of Florida’s most admired nurses.

Recognized for their significant contributions as nurse educators, the trio felt honored and privileged to have been nominated by their peers and selected as Great 100 nurses. Their professionalism and engagement in several professional and civic organizations over the years also led to this great honor.

“The deans serve as excellent role models for our students and continue to set a standard of excellence in the college,” says UCF Nursing Instructor and FNA’s Second Vice President Debi Hunt, who was present at the ceremony.

The FNA’s Centennial Celebration Awards Gala was held in conjunction with the association’s annual four-day educational convention and celebrated the association’s 100-year anniversary. The FNA is a constituent of the American Nurses Association and is the only nursing organization in the State of Florida representing all areas of nursing, regardless of specialty or practice area.