Dr. Susan Elliott, director and professor for the Department of Nursing at Biola University, was awarded an honorable mention for the Inspirations in Women’s Health Awards on October 8, 2009.

“I am very humbled and honored,” Elliott said.

Each year for the Inspirations awards the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health recognizes one first place winner and two honorable mentions.

The awards honor nurse practitioners who have inspired their colleagues through their work in the women’s health field. Nurse practitioners can be nominated by colleagues or nominate themselves and the awards are presented at the association’s annual conference. This year the conference was held in Providence, Rhode Island.

Elliott’s nominator described her mission work and dedication to helping and educating women in countries like Swaziland, Russia, Panama, Venezuela, Nicaragua and many others.

“Since 1979, Elliott has volunteered as a nurse practitioner, nurse researcher, nurse consultant, nurse educator and nurse presenter on six continents,” the nominator wrote. “Dr. Elliott’s method of care has been as diverse as the nations where she served. She has utilized her own little hotel room and an open-air shack as GYN clinics.”

Elliott said she wants to teach her students to follow God’s calling.

“When you follow God’s plan, he takes you to and sustains you through, more than you ever could have imagined.” Elliott said. “I am able to teach global realities and God’s presence in those realities.”

As one of the honorable mention recipients Elliott won an all expense paid trip to the conference and a $500 scholarship for future projects.

Elliott joined Biola’s Department of Nursing in May 2008. As director, Elliott oversees the popular and growing program that strives to equip students both academically and spiritually for a future working in the field of nursing.

 Written by Katherine Smith, Media Relations Intern. Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator, can be reached at (562) 777-4061 or through email at jenna.l.bartlo@biola.edu