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Press Release for Friday, May 2, 2014

Nursing Professor Named National Leader of Leaders

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

            The University of North Florida is celebrating a national nursing achievement. Dr. Judy Comeaux, UNF assistant professor of nursing in the Nursing Flagship Program and faculty adviser for the UNF chapter of the National Student Nursing Association, was awarded the Leader of Leaders Award, presented each year to an outstanding dean, faculty advisor or state consultant who has provided exceptional commitment to his or her students and to NSNA.


            “Dr. Comeaux is a devoted mentor for UNF nursing students,” said Dr. Lillia Loriz, chair of the UNF Nursing Flagship Program. “She goes the extra mile to ensure students’ success and they admire her for her commitment. We are very fortunate to have her as part of our faculty.”


            Comeaux, an Avondale resident, received the award during NSNA’s 62nd Annual Convention April 9-13 at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

She has served as adviser to the student group for more than 11 years. Under Comeaux’s guidance, the chapter has realized a number of noteworthy accomplishments, including Stellar Chapter, National Community Award, State Community Award, State Legislative Award and an unprecedented three national presidents, including the first woman to hold the office.


            She has left an indelible imprint on those fortunate enough to have blossomed under her guidance,” said Jennifer Morris, UNF NSNA chapter president, in her nomination of Comeaux.


            Comeaux is no stranger to activity and recognition. She began her career at the University as a visiting instructor in 2002, but was soon promoted. She is an active member of multiple nursing organizations, such as Sigma Theta Tau International Lambda Rho chapter, involved with student groups like Safe Kids of Northeast Florida, and works with International Study Abroad Program. Her most recent awards include: Great 100 Nurses Award Florida Class of 2013, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Recognition for Service, Brooks Endowed Nursing Professorship and Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.



            NSNA is a membership organization representing more than 60,000 students in associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, generic masters and generic doctoral programs preparing students for Registered Nurse licensure, as well as RNs in BSN completion programs.


UNF Nursing Flagship Program fosters a commitment to values, attitudes and ethical dimensions, including integrity, respect, collaboration, cooperation and social justice that are hallmarks of professional nursing. It is committed to upholding and maintaining both professional nursing standards and a code of ethics for nursing. Its goal is to educate nursing students at beginning and advanced levels through excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship and service.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.