Sacred Heart nursing professor honored by Connecticut Nurses Association


Audrey Beauvais

Audrey Beauvais, Sacred Heart University assistant professor and director of the undergraduate nursing program, received the Josephine A. Dolan Diamond Jubilee Award for her contributions to nursing education. The Fairfield native was given the award by the Connecticut Nurses Association at its annual convention in Cromwell on Oct. 23.

The Josephine A. Dolan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education recognizes innovations and achievements in areas of improving the quality of the educational experience, enhancing the learning environment and conceiving new analytical approaches.

Beauvais’ 23-year nursing career spans academia, the insurance industry and, as a practicing nurse, she has held executive-level positions at several health-care facilities including Stamford Hospital. Since 2006, she has worked at Sacred Heart University, where she has been a visionary professor and nurse educator, as well as a champion and mentor for students.

Throughout the years, Beauvais has been the recipient of numerous awards and professional citations, including the 2013 Connecticut League for Nursing’s Ruth M. Olson Excellence in Nurse Education Award for her success as an educator and for her leadership skills.

“Audrey is an excellent nurse educator. Her commitment to academic excellence is unwavering,” said Susan DeNisco, associate professor and interim director of Sacred Heart’s School of Nursing.

DeNisco, who nominated Beauvais for the award, added, “as an assistant professor in the school of nursing, she has had teaching responsibilities in the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs. While teaching across programs is challenging, she does it effectively and without complaint.”

DeNisco also underscored Beauvais’ unwavering commitment to her students.

“She successfully passed the national certification examination as a clinical nurse leader so that she could understand the skill set she was expecting of her master’s students,” she said. “This is another sign of her solid commitment to the nursing profession and academic excellence.”

Beauvais calls Sacred Heart home, as it the institution where she earned two degrees — a master’s in business administration in 1995 and a master’s in nursing in 1994. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fairfield University and a doctorate of practical nursing practice from Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University.

“Sacred Heart has a commitment to producing well-rounded, caring and professional nurses,” Beauvais said. “I feel honored to receive this award because it validates what I do as a professional, and it is something that I will hold very dear as I continue to move forward in my career. It’s an honor to be recognized by your nursing peers.”

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