American Academy of Nursing Recognizes Excellence in Media Award Winners

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Filmmaker, Carolyn Jones, Awarded for Exemplary Healthcare Journalism for “The American Nurse” Documentary

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"I intended to make a film that celebrated nursing. I ended up gaining deeper insights into some of the social issues we face as a country, through the eyes of American nurses," said Jones.

The American Academy of Nursing recognized Carolyn Jones, an award-winning filmmaker and photographer, as the winner of its annual Johnson & Johnson Excellence in Media Award for her documentary, The American Nurse.

The award recognizes exemplary health care journalism that incorporates accurate inclusion of nurses’ contributions and perspectives.

“The Academy is honored to recognize Carolyn Jones’ outstanding film which provides an examination of real people who will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America,” said Academy President, Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN.

"I intended to make a film that celebrated nursing. I ended up gaining deeper insights into some of the social issues we face as a country, through the eyes of American nurses. I’ve grown to believe that nurses are a truly untapped and under-appreciated national resource,” said Jones.

The American Nurse features the work of five nurses in a heartwarming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America including aging, war, poverty and prisons through the eyes of nurses. It sheds light on the important role nurses play in patient care, showcasing the many lives that they touch, the struggles they endure and their dedication and passion for their work.

The film has been shown in theatres across the country and was reviewed by the New York Times, among others.

The Academy also awarded an Honorable Mention to Noam Levey, a long-time reporter with the LA Times for his article, “Hand-in-hand care: Northern Maine is poor, but residents rank high in health, and its collaborative effort is seen as a model.”

Levey’s article explores how communities can collaborate to identify discrepancies in patient care and identify best practices. His coverage focused on Northern Maine; a place that generally has poor residents, but ranks high in health. Northern Maine has improved its health care system through a coordinated-care model that issues teams of physicians, nurses and social workers to provide personalized coaching to residents that are at-risk or have chronic illness—providing the preventative care needed to keep them out of hospitals, and ultimately lowering costs.

The annual American Academy of Nursing’s Excellence in Media Award is announced at the Academy’s annual policy conference. The Academy is now accepting nominations for the 2015 media award.


About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing ( serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,300 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

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