2014 Excellence in Nursing Award

From Kappa Omicron Chico Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Rowberg was recently awarded the Excellence in Nursing award from Kappa Omicron Chico Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.  The award was presented at the Induction Ceremony at the Enloe Conference Center on April 26, 2014. While there are many awards bestowed by this organization to recognize exceptional nurses, the excellence award in nursing is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Kappa Omicron member. In fact, only one individual can receive this award each year.

The excellence award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding excellence in at least one aspect of nursing practice- leadership, practice, research, or scholarship.  In addition, the award recognizes that the individual has excellent interpersonal skills and is highly respected by the people they work with.  Dr. Rowberg was recognized as a dedicated scholar, leader, and educator, as well as successful grant writer, speaker, and published author. As past President of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, she fought to promote the recognition of the impact advanced practice nurses have on the lives of their patients.  As a member of the International Leadership Task Force for Sigma Theta Tau, she worked to identify leadership develop priorities in the organization which are still in place today.  As the Assistant Director of the School of Nursing and now interim Director, Peggy has championed curriculum reform and held significant leadership roles on every significant standing committee.  In addition, she chaired the recent search committee to find a new Dean for the College of Natural Sciences, a monumental undertaking and tremendous gift of service.

But perhaps most importantly, as a professor, Peggy continues to impact students’ lives in the most profound way; as a mentor, a role model, and as a teacher.  This resulted in her recognition as the 2012-2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor for all of Chico State. A recognition never achieved before by a nursing faculty member and one that underscores the impact she has  on how potential and current students feel about nursing, the nursing program and Chico State itself.

Finally, as chapter president of Kappa Omicron for the past two years, Peggy worked tirelessly to raise funds for worthy causes such as the Esplanade house and in raising funds to reconstruct the home of a nursing student who was critically injured in an auto accident and rendered quadriplegic.  She also launched career planning workshops for students, coordinated multiple conferences and events, and served as a role model for service leadership.

School of Nursing Director Carol Huston, who presented Dr. Rowberg with the award suggested that she could go on forever about this amazing woman and nurse leader.  She shared that she was truly inspired by Peggy and her ability to touch lives in so many ways. Huston said “She is a nurse leader--- par excellence….and it is my honor to be able to present this award to Peggy on behalf of Kappa Omicron chapter”. 

Congratulations Peggy!