Katherine “Kate” Sollmann, DNP
The Madeleva Award is the highest award the College confers upon a graduate student. The recipient, selected from the cohort completing advanced degrees, is recognized for scholastic distinction and exceptional achievement.
The Madeleva Award recipient is completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner clinical focus. The program equips students with the knowledge and ability to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the health and well-being of populations. This year’s recipient has embraced this role through her clinical practice with vulnerable populations and her Practice Innovation Project “Sleep Hygiene Education for Parents of School-Aged Children.” Her project is a fusion of her passion for patient education and dedication to mental health and pediatrics. Congruent with the Healthy People 2030 objective to increase the proportion of children who get sufficient sleep, this student’s project aims to educate parents about the importance of their children’s sleep. Upon graduation, this student plans to disseminate her work locally and nationally while encouraging school nurses and parents to utilize the strategies that she has identified.
While balancing her role within her family, this program, and work as a Registered Nurse in a school system and local health center, this year’s recipient achieved high academic distinction. She also served as a leader within her cohort. She provided study tips and feedback to her peers and volunteered to serve on committees within the Department of Nursing Science. This student was instrumental in incorporating Mass into the weekend-long immersions.
For her distinctive scholastic and exceptional achievements, it is with great joy that we congratulate and honor Kate Sollmann with the 2022 Madeleva Award.