Laurie Badzek: Director of the School of Nursing and Professor

Laurie A. Badzek is the director of the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services at UNCW. Prior to coming to UNCW, Badzek was a tenured professor at the West Virginia University School of Nursing. She has served the state of West Virginia in the School of Nursing and in a variety of nursing positions in the DHHS and WVU Hospitals for 30 years.

Badzek earned her B.S.N. and her J.D. from WVU Schools of Nursing and Law. While at the College of Law, she was a member of the Moot Court Board and inducted into both the Order of the Barristers and the Order of the Coif Honoraries. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honorary for research and scholarship. She received her M.S. in Nursing and her L.L.M. in Health Care Law from DePaul University in Chicago.

For nearly 18 years, she has been the director of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Center for Ethics and Human Rights. She is considered a national and international leader and spokesperson on ethics and health care policy. She guided the revision of both the 2001 and the new 2015 Code of Ethics for Nurses. As an active researcher, her investigations have spanned a number of ethical and legal health care issues including patient and family decision making, genomics and professional healthcare ethics. In 1993, she was the winner of the Clark Fila Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nursing. In 1998, she received the American Nephrology Nurses Association Research Award for work related to end-of-life decisions and dialysis patients. In 2001, she received the Nephrology Nursing Journal Writing Award for her research article titled Inappropriate use of dialysis for some elderly patients: Nephrology nurse perceptions and concerns. More recently, in 2006, she was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice (FNAP). In 2007, she became an American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership Fellow; and in 2011 she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She was honored as the West Virginia University Convocation speaker in December 2011.