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2020 SAGE Awards go to UIC Nursing alumni

At the 2020 Power of Nursing Leadership event, happening virtually on Nov. 13, both winners of the esteemed SAGE Award will be UIC College of Nursing alumni.

Kathleen Pavkov, BSN ’78, is associate nurse executive, ambulatory services, at Cook County Health (CCH). In that role, she provides executive oversight for primary and specialty care for the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center and multiple CCH outpatient procedure areas. Her focus has been on population health in communities with high rates of chronic disease, poverty and health inequities, striving to ensure that all patients have access to high-quality, patient-centered care.

Charles Yingling, DNP ’12, MS ’05, FNP-BC, FAANP, is associate dean for practice and community partnerships and clinical associate professor at the UIC College of Nursing, where he leads the college’s faculty practice. Under his leadership, the college’s practice portfolio has grown to include new clinic sites in nontraditional community locations, an increased nursing faculty presence in the UI Health system, and partnerships with the other health sciences colleges to better serve the complex health needs of Chicago’s communities.

Every year at the Power of Nursing Leadership event, two SAGE Awards are conferred on nurses in leadership positions who demonstrate consistent interest in mentoring the nurse leaders of tomorrow.

Nominations for Pavkov asserted that she strives to enable nurses to practice at the top of their license and be recognized as valued members of the healthcare team. She has led projects to define and optimize the APRN role in ambulatory settings. She has mentored many nurse leaders, educators and students and has influenced family and community members to choose nursing as a career path.

Similarly, Yingling’s nominators report that he is a prolific mentor of students and peers; he has served as faculty mentor to more than 20 DNP students. In the past year, eight of his students have successfully published their work in journals with international reach. Yingling’s leadership was recognized with his induction into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2016.

Registration to attend the Power of Nursing Leadership closes on Oct. 30. Visit the event website for details.