Distinguished Alumnus and Nursing Excellence Awards

2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Mary C. Sullivan, PhD, RN, FAAN
MSN 1981
Dr. Mary Sullivan is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing. She has been involved in interdisciplinary research in the field of developmental pediatrics for more than 25 years. Her research program examines the developmental outcomes of premature infants in a series of longitudinal studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. It is one of the longest U.S. studies of premature infants with a recently completed project of a cohort at age 23 years. The intent is to show whether prematurity impacts health and whether early disease onset can be explained by alterations in HPA function.

Dr. Sullivan has held academic positions at URI, most recently as Interim Dean. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Past President of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), a member of the American Nurses Association, the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Council for Advancement in Nursing Science. She has been a scientific reviewer on numerous panels at the National Institutes of Health. She is a research scientist at Women & Infants Hospital and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University both located in Providence, RI.

She earned her BS in nursing from Salve Regina College in Newport, RI, an MSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Rhode Island.

2017 Nursing Excellence Award

BSN 2009, MSN 2015
Douglass Haas received his BSN degree from the UNMC College of Nursing-Kearney Division in December of 2009. He then worked at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital as a Staff Nurse in the Progressive Care & Intensive Care Units as well as the Emergency Department until January of 2015. He received his MSN as an Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from UNMC in May of 2015. After completion of his master's degree he worked as a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner at the Nebraska Heart Institute – Kearney Campus from June 2015 until July 2017. He is currently employed as a Nurse Specialist/Instructor at the UNMC College of Nursing-Kearney Division and is working toward a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree at UNMC as well as a Post Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

He is the current President-Elect of the Nebraska Nurses Association and is slated to take over the Presidency in January of 2019. He has been a member of the American Nurses Association and the Nebraska Nurses Association since January of 2010. He then sat on the Commission for Advocacy and Representation for one year, and the Nursing Professional Development Committee for five years and was chair of the committee for four of those years. He was a delegate to the American Nurses Association membership assembly. Douglass is also a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma-Pi At-Large chapter.