Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, Navy chief of staff, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and a 1981 graduate of the UB School of Nursing, recently came back to her alma mater to receive the school’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.
McCormick-Boyle recently was named the 24th director of the United States Navy Nurse Corps, effective Aug. 1. This designation also is known as the chief nurse of the Navy. The Nurse Corps director is responsible for nursing policy and professional practice standards. Additionally, the director makes recommendations regarding workforce procurement, distribution, training and career development.
“I am a very proud UB School of Nursing alumna, and among so many phenomenal nurses, I am very humbled by the honor the school has bestowed on me,” McCormick-Boyle said in accepting her award at the School of Nursing’s annual May celebration.
She went on to thank UB nursing for all it has given her, citing specifically that her UB education had instilled in her “strong principles and values as a nurse; a thirst for ongoing education and a commitment to clinical leadership; the conviction that the nurse’s voice must be part of the ‘dialogue’; and, especially, the memories.”
“How eye-opening were those experiences to a very young adult,” she recalled. “I remember being incredulous at how early nurses arrived at work and being grateful for the kindness of the nurses who mentored us during those experiences.
“UB’s community partners opened their doors to us and provided phenomenal experiences on which to build careers,” she said.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award given by the School of Nursing to an alumnus, recognizes exceptional career accomplishments, community or university service, or research and scholarly activity.