Annabel Kaiser, '16

Annabel Kaiser, a recent Niagara University graduate, has been named to the 2016 cohort of Future Nurse Leaders by the American Nurses Association – New York (ANA-NY).

Kaiser, a resident of Lancaster, N.Y., was one of only 28 recipients. She is currently working as a registered nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Launched in 2014 to recognize the high quality of students graduating from nursing schools in New York and foster engagement and ongoing professional development, the award is given to graduating students in honor of their scholarship, professional dedication and commitment to community service.

Each Future Nurse Leader receives a certificate of recognition; a copy of the new book, Nightingale’s Legacy: The Evolution of American Nurse Leaders by Sue Johnson, Ph.D., RN, NE-BC; and complimentary membership in the American Nurses Association and ANA-NY for one year.

“We congratulate these nurses as they embark on the next stages of their professional careers. ANA-NY seeks to recognize and encourage nurses as they take on leadership roles in patient care, healthcare administration and healthcare policy,” said Elizabeth Mahoney, Ed.D., RN, president of ANA-NY. “This is a profoundly impressive group of nurses and we look forward to seeing them excel in their careers.”

The ANA-NY Future Nurse Leaders were nominated by their schools of nursing as outstanding students who embody the ethics and values of nursing; demonstrate leadership; make a significant contribution to the overall excellence of their school; set a healthy example and promote a healthy lifestyle; and demonstrate a clear sense of the direction for their future nursing careers.

While an undergraduate at Niagara, Kaiser served as an orientation leader, community advisor and lead community advisor, and was an active member of the Student Nursing Association and Campus Programming Board. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing, in May and chosen for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Kaiser was highly involved in community service efforts as well, participating in NU’s Sandal Falls program, cleaning up local neighborhoods with the university’s Office of Residence Life and volunteering in fundraisers for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease research.

“Annabel has been academically outstanding, a quiet leader and a consistently positive member of our students across all four of her years at Niagara University,” said Frances S. Crosby, ’67, Ed.D., director of NU’s School of Nursing. “Clinically, she is creative, compassionate, kind, smart and eager to learn and experience opportunities to increase her skills. She possesses all of the qualities that will serve her well to become a professional nurse leader and we are proud to have her join our Niagara nursing alumni.”

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