It is with great pride and pleasure that we present the 2006 MaAOHN Lifetime Achievement Award to Helen Williams.
Helen is a Nurse Practitioner, certified in adult and in gerontological health. She is certified in occupational health and in case management. In her current position she is the Clinical Nurse Practitioner Manager for Boston University Occupational Health Services, a position she has held since 1997.
Since 1985 Helen has served faithfully both the Greater Boston Chapter and the State Chapter of MaAOHN. As president of the Greater Boston Chapter, she was instrumental in leading that chapter into the 21 st century with the launching of their website in 2002; and with the development of the chapter’s policy and procedures manual, and creation of a mentoring program for members and in attaining AAOHN recognition for chapter activities. Helen also played a key role in reestablishing a community outreach program and for establishing the Audrey Braithwaite Award, which recognizes dedication, mentoring and professional development of occupational Health nurses in the GBAOHN chapter.
In addition to being a leader, Helen is a consensus builder with the patience and persistence needed to bridge relationships. She is an extremely honest and hard working member of any committee on which she participates. Helen has served on the planning committee for NECOEM, and in April of this year was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of AAOHN, the national Association of Occupational Health Nurses. At the National level Helen participates on committees that focus on governance, goals and Board development, and is actively seeking member opinions as to the future directions for the national association.
As a nurse practitioner, Helen has precepted numerous grad students from major universities in the Boston area. Recently one of her students received the prestigious Young Alumni Award of Excellence from Boston College and named Helen as a significant influence in her achievements. As a Nurse Practitioner Helen has worked at Lowell General Hospital, at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary and at Middlesex County Hospital. She has served as an Assistant Director of Nursing, a Nursing Supervisor, an Instructor, a Lecturer, and mentor. She serves on numerous task forces, and is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
Joining us in celebrating Helen today is her immediate supervisor, Dr. Cheryl Barbanel. At this time I am honored to introduce to you, Helen Williams.