September 13, 2018
Dr. Karin Ciance, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Anna Maria College, was just recently selected for the Empowered Woman of the Year Award for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few women are selected for this distinction. The Empowered Woman of the Year is an award that is given for a Woman who has excelled tremendously in a male dominated industry and has inspired other professionals by her outstanding commitment and contributions to society. IAOTP is incredibly honored to be able to recognize Dr. Ciance for her success and dedication.
Dr. Ciance is being recognized for this honor for having empowering women on a global scale to not only be successful in the healthcare profession, but also as a professor. She has provided visionary leadership in educating students and training nurses.
Dr. Ciance will be honored for this achievement at the 2018 IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala being held at the Plaza Hotel in, NYC. She will be presented not only with the Empowered Woman of the Year Award but also for her selection for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Ciance was just honored at the 2017 IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala, at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park NYC for being selected as Top Professional of the Year in Community Health Nursing and named Top Female Healthcare Professional for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the healthcare field. Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP stated “Choosing Dr. Ciance for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. She is brilliant, extraordinary, and has empowered women to be successful in the healthcare industry. It was great to spend time with Dr. Ciance at this past year’s gala and we are honored to have her with our organization. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. .
Dr. Ciance is being recognized for having over 3 decades of professional experience in the Nursing Industry and for her outstanding leadership and contribution she has made in all fields of Nursing. With her diverse background and experience Dr. Ciance has held an impressive repertoire of prior roles. She started her career as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Associate Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager, Director of Clinical Services and Director of Urgent Care. She has worked in many different areas in nursing including urgent care, medical/surgical nursing, women’s health, rehabilitation, community health, home health and long-term care.
Dr. Ciance earned her Diploma in Nursing in 1983 from Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1989 at Worcester State College. While working full time, she simultaneously earned her MS in Community Health Nursing also at Worcester State College in 2004 and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Walden University in 2014.
Dr. Ciance began teaching a lab section at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) and fell in love with it that she later accepted a position at MCPHS University in Worcester, Massachusetts as an Adjunct Nursing Professor. She also accepted a position as an adjunct nursing professor and taught in the graduate nursing program at Worcester State College in the Community Health Nursing program. In 2010, Dr. Ciance taught in the Associate Nursing Program as an adjunct professor, before accepting a full time faculty at Anna Maria College in 2011. Dr. Ciance has demonstrated success not only as a nurse but also as a professor educating nursing students and developing courses for the BSN program and for the college’s online RN-BSN program including fundamentals, community health, public health, research and senior seminar. Dr. Ciance also advises students and attends faculty assemblies and school meetings when she isn’t in the classroom and serves as a mentor for new faculty and graduate nursing students, is the Vice President of the Faculty Assembly.
Throughout her illustrious career, Dr. Ciance remains active in her community, has received numerous awards, accolades and has been featured in many publications and magazines for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. In 2011 selected as Professional of the Year by Continental Who’s Who. In 2013 selected as VIP of the Year with Strathmore Whos Who. In 2015 she was selected as Outstanding Professional of the Year and inducted as Roundtable Member by Strathmore Who’s Who. In 2016 selected by Oxford Who’s Who Tier of Excellence and featured in Women of Distinction Magazine. She was featured on a billboard on the Reuters Building in Times Square and for 2017 selected Top Nurse in Paxton, Massachusetts by the International Nurses Association and named Top Professional of the Year in Community Health Nursing by the International Association of Top Professionals. She is an active member of Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, recently elected President Elect of the Iota Phi Chapter for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses, the American Nurses Association, Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing, Golden Key International Honor Society and American Woman of Today. She is also the Executive Director for the Greenwood Street Medical Clinic, which is a free medical clinic that serves underprivileged citizens with no medical insurance.
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