INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presented the President’s Medal for Excellence to Marion E. Broome, former dean and distinguished professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing.
The award was presented Thursday evening at a farewell reception honoring Broome at the Indiana Landmarks Center. In attendance were Broome’s husband, Carroll; Michael T. Weaver, interim dean of the IU School of Nursing; and other colleagues in nursing and healthcare fields.
Broome became dean of the School of Nursing at Duke University, Durham, N.C. Aug. 1.
Broome became university dean of the IU School of Nursing in 2004. Under her leadership, the nursing school was consistently named among the top 10 schools of nursing in the country by the National Institutes of Health and in the top 15 graduate schools by US News & World Report. She oversaw the construction of new educational facilities and the expansion of programs to help address the nursing shortage.
“I have been deeply impressed with Marion’s leadership, her extraordinary energy, and her ability to build effective partnerships,” McRobbie said. “Those qualities have helped her to successfully lead the largest multi-purpose school of nursing in the country; to strengthen its reputation for excellence in education, research, and clinical practice; and they have made Marion one of the most respected leaders and researchers in the nursing field.”
Broome is a national leader in pediatric nursing, and her research and publications have made an enormous difference in the quality of life for countless children suffering from acute and chronic pain, McRobbie said.
“These are just a few of Marion’s essential contributions to this university,” McRobbie said. “Taken together, they offer a measure of the depth of caring and dedication that Marion has brought to this university and the great degree to which she has made a difference in the life of this institution and the people it serves.”
Among Broome’s recent honors is the National League of Nursing Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education. She founded the Society of Pediatric Nurses and was inducted as a charter member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Researcher Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2013, Broome and Linda Everett, executive vice president and chief nurse executive at Indiana University Health, were awarded the Practice/Academic Innovative Collaborative Award for Sigma Theta Tau International in recognition of their leadership in forging a partnership across both systems.
The Indiana University President’s Medal for Excellence is the highest honor an IU president can bestow. It recognizes distinction in public service, service to IU, and extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts, humanities, sciences, education and industry. The medal is a reproduction in silver of the symbolic jewel of office worn by IU’s president at ceremonies.