William Paterson University Professor of Nursing Leo-Felix M. Jurado Receives Mary Anne Rooney Essence of Nursing Award for His Exemplary Mentorship

Professor Leo-Felix M. Jurado and Anoush Kalachian '16

Leo-Felix M. Jurado, professor of nursing at William Paterson University, received the prestigious Mary Anne Rooney Essence of Nursing Award presented by New Jersey Consortium Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the nursing honor society, for his exemplary leadership and mentorship to others in the profession of nursing. The award was presented at the STTI Founders Day Dinner on October 2, 2018.

“Dr. Jurado knows no limits to success and no hesitation in encouragement, and this is what fuels his passion and makes it so readily visible to others without him even trying,” said Anoush Kalachian '16, a BSN graduate of William Paterson, who nominated Jurado for the prestigious award. She helped solicit letters of commendation from nearly two dozen mentees and colleagues.

Jurado is a nurse educator, nurse administrator, advanced practice nurse, and community leader with three decades of professional nursing experience. He has served as president of the New Jersey Board of Nursing, president of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, and president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). He has received numerous awards that recognize his leadership and expertise in nursing education.

The Mary Anne Rooney Essence of Nursing Leadership Award, named in memory of a nurse leader, is given to an individual who demonstrates special interest and guidance to a colleague or a student.