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Alumni & Friends - Myrtle K. Aydelotte Dean's Award

For nurse educators who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and to the profession of Nursing

BUILD nursing education on a solid foundation
-- Florence Nightingale


Martha Craft-Rosenberg

Professor Emeritus

University of Iowa College of Nursing

Martha Craft-Rosenberg, PhD, RN, FAAN is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Professor Craft-Rosenberg has two areas of research, children and families and standardized nursing language. She has studied siblings of hospitalized children and siblings of ill children for almost 30 years. Dr. Craft-Rosenberg has been an investigator on seventeen funded studies sibling of ill children and families of critically ill adults for a total of over $1.7 million. She has received awards from the American Association for Critical Care Nursing and the Midwest Nursing Research Society for research on children and families. Dr. Craft-Rosenberg has co-edited two books on interventions for infants, children, and families and another book on Nursing Excellence for Children and Families that was published in 2006.

Her language classification research includes intervention classification since 1987 and diagnoses classification for a decade as principal investigator for the Nursing Diagnosis Extension and Classification (NDEC) team. Dr. Craft-Rosenberg recently completed a term as President of NANDA International and serves as Director of the Institute for Nursing Knowledge at our College of Nursing. She taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises post-doctoral fellows.  

Past Award Winners:


Rose Porter


University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing

Graduate of UI Nursing Service Administration Program

Dean Melanie Dreher, Etta Rasmussen, Dean Rose Porter

Pictured from left:

Dean Melanie Dreher, Etta Rasmussen, Dean Rose Porter

Rose Porter graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Milwaukee and continued her education at the University of Iowa College of Nursing (BSN, 1971) and MA, 1973). In 1983, Dr. Porter graduated from the University of Missouri College of Education with a PhD in Higher & Adult Education with a major area of study Administration of Higher Education.

Upon graduating from St. Mary’s Dr. Porter was a staff nurse on a medical unit in Wisconsin and California. She returned to the Midwest and worked in intensive care and charge nurse positions at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Fischel State Cancer Hospital, respectively.

Later in her nursing career, Dr. Porter focused on nursing education. She has taught in several major academic health centers in various academic positions. As a member of the teaching faculty, Dr. Porter has taught 18 courses at either the undergraduate or graduate levels at two major academic centers. In addition, Dr. Porter has served in a variety of administrative academic capacities (i.e., Coordinator, Area Director, Assistant Dean). Currently, she serves as Dean of the University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing and has been in that position since 1999. Prior to being appointed dean, Dr. Porter served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Sinclair School of Nursing.

She has been affiliated with the Sinclair School of Nursing at University of Missouri for more than 25 years. She began as an instructor in the College of Nursing and successfully climbed the tenure ladder to full Professor and assumed the deanship in 1999. Dr. Porter has authored or co-authored 28 publications. She currently has had publications in press, under review or in preparation. Dr. Porter has been invited to give over 75 state, national and international presentations, advancing and enhancing the profession of nursing. In addition, Dr. Porter has single-handedly secured traineeship money for the Sinclair School of Nursing four years running.

While working in numerous teaching and administrative positions, she truly impacted the profession of nursing. She has overseen the opening of TigerPlace/Senior Care, Columbia College of Nursing Education Center, the Senior Care at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and University Nurses Senior Care.



Estelle Rosenblum

Estelle Rosenblum attended the University of Iowa College of Nursing from 1950-1953 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wayne State University.  Dr. Rosenblum enrolled in a Masters in Speech (Audiology) at the University of New Mexico, and completed a summer program at University of Minnesota in Public Health/Epidemiology. She received a PhD in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico and a M.S. in Nursing from the University of Texas.    

Her affiliation with University of New Mexico spans over 40 years as a faculty member and volunteer, beginning as an instructor in the College of Nursing and successfully climbing the tenure ladder to full Professor. Dr. Rosenblum served as dean from 1986 until her retirement in 1993. 

While working in numerous teaching and administrative positions, she truly impacted the profession of nursing.  Her accomplishments include working and teaching students in the public health arena in the Health Departments, The Indian Health Service Centers, Outreach in Truchas and Hatch, Mew Mexico and Rehabilitation Centers in Albuquerque, UNM Hospital, and Presbyterian Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Lovelace Care facilities.  She worked to establish the first chapter of the honor society of nursing in the state of New Mexico and became the founding president. Dr. Rosenblum’s foresight enabled the Sigma Theta Tau International chapter to lay the foundation for the future graduate program in nursing, especially the PhD program at UNM.  She worked to establish the graduate program at UNM in nursing and continued to enhance and expand the Nurse Practitioner program.  

Dr. Rosenblum established the first graduate level Nurse Midwifery program at UNM College of Nursing. Nurse midwives are highly respected and work collaboratively with physicians across the state.    Dr. Rosenblum stated the establishment of this program remains in her mind as the “most assertive and risk taking experience of my life…ask the Regents.” During her deanship, she and her colleagues drove all over New Mexico linking up Associate Degree and Technical Nursing programs to the UNM BSN completion program. 

Dr. Rosenblum has been honored at local, state and national levels.  She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1990; awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award for New Mexico by the Governor in 1993, the Regent’s Meritorious Service Medal and the UNM Health Sciences Center Cornerstone Award.   Dr. Rosenblum was honored with the establishment of the Rosenblum-Weiss Center for Nursing Excellence in Women’s & Children’s Health.  In addition, she was honored by the March of Dimes for her outstanding contribution to building the nursing profession.  It is with pride that the University of  Iowa College of Nursing recognizes the significant accomplishments of Dr. Rosenblum, with the Myrtle K. Aydelotte Dean’s Award. 



Geraldene Felton

Dean Emerita

University of Iowa College of Nursing

Geraldene Felton assumed the deanship of the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1981. She accepted the position because of the challenge that it presented. She was chosen for this position because of her leadership experience and her no-nonsense approach to administration. Gerry brought with her an already distinguished career of research, publications and professional offices. During her tenure as dean, and to this day, she insists on excellence and quality.

As is stated in the book, One Hundred Years of Nursing at Iowa, Dean Felton focused her efforts on the development of promising young faculty, and on the recruitment of new faculty with solid research credentials who could be mentors for others. As the College could not do everything, Gerry ".instituted a focused approach to research, concentrating attention and support in the two principal areas, nursing service administration and gerontological nursing." Now the College of Nursing is ranked by U.S. News and World Report 1st in nursing service administration and 2nd in gerontological nursing, nationally.

In 1984, Gerry Felton established an Office for Nursing Research Development and Utilization to provide the infrastructure for faculty members. Faculty research and publication grew exponentially throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Her dedication and commitment to the College of Nursing, as well as the profession of nursing, more than qualify her for the Myrtle K. Aydelotte Dean's Award.


Laura Duston

Dean Emerita

University of Iowa College of Nursing

Laura Corbin Dustan graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in home economics. After applying to Yale and Case Western Reserve for graduate study in nursing, Dustan attended Western Reserve from 1940 to 1943, earning her master's degree in nursing. Following teaching experiences at Western Reserve and the University of Vermont, she completed work on a master's degree in public health nursing curriculum and teaching from Columbia University 's Teachers College.

Recognizing the importance of a PhD for access to the higher levels of nursing administration, Dustan enrolled in the doctoral program of the school of education at the University of California, Berkley. Dustan received her PhD in 1963 and took a position with the National League for Nursing's Board of Review for Accrediting of Baccalaureate Programs, which, she later recalled, constituted a central experience of her career, an experience that impressed her with the potential of baccalaureate education in nursing, while, at the same time affording a first-hand view of the generally inadequate facilities of the current baccalaureate programs. She became dean of the College of Nursing at Iowa in 1964.

While at Iowa numerous projects were accomplished including an "articulation project" designed to blend the benefits of locally accessible education with the baccalaureate nursing program at the University of Iowa . Dustan's goal was to develop lower division transfer curriculums in cooperating two- and four-year institutions that would mesh with the upper division offering at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. The most striking project of her deanship was the reality of a building for the College of Nursing. That project was to consume the greater part of Dustan's energies for the next several years, an effort that highlighted the unwavering dedication of Dustan and her cohorts in pursuit of a dream. From the outset, the College of Nursing building project was embroiled in a pattern of "university politics."

After numerous actions and events, at the University of Iowa, the building dedication in 1971 was a defining moment. In practical terms, the new site provided the much needed facilities for nursing education. President Bowen's remarks at the close of Laura C. Dustan's tenure as dean of the College of Nursing convey the essence of the nomination. As dean, Laura C. Dustan has made "monumental accomplishments at the University of Iowa ."


Etta Rasmussen

Associate Professor Emerita

University of Iowa College of Nursing

Professor Rasmussen initiated her service to The University of Iowa College of Nursing in fall of 1952. Dean Mary Mullane recruited Professor Rasmussen to organize and direct the practical nursing program, a program inaugurated in January 1953. While serving in this capacity, she was state supervisor for ten Iowa programs. This experience enabled her to assume deanships on an interim basis at various important points in the College of Nursing's history. In spring 1957, Professor Rasmussen took charge of the college between the deanships of Myrtle Kitchell Aydelotte and Mary Kelly Mullane (1957-1959). She also served as interim dean from 1962-1964 (also Florence Sherbon and Marjorie Lyford served) between the deanships of Mullane and Dean Laura Dustan. After the tenure of Laura Dustan, it was recommended that Professor Rasmussen be appointed as acting dean, a recommendation based on her long experience in the college, her previous service as acting dean, her reputation among the nursing faculty, and her recent service as assistant dean. She served in this interim capacity (1971-1972) until the appointment of Dean Evelyn Barritt in 1972. Professor Rasmussen continued her administrative service to the College of Nursing until her retirement in May 1981. Her service to the College of Nursing encompassed 29 years and to date with her emeritus status, she has dedicated 52 years to the College of Nursing, its faculty, staff and students.


Myrtle K. (Kitch) Aydelotte

Dean Emerita

University of Iowa College of Nursing

Myrtle Kitchell (Kitch) Aydelotte literally set the course for the College of Nursing as its founding dean from 1949 to 1957. At a time when Iowa's nursing program still supported a two-year diploma and a practical nursing certificate, Dr. Aydelotte worked to establish the baccalaureate degree as the minimum preparation for Iowa nursing graduates. And because nursing students had long been isolated from the general student body, working long, unpaid hours at University Hospitals, Dr. Aydelotte viewed integrating them into the larger university community as another major goal.

The College also established its first graduate program under Dr. Aydelotte's leadership, a master's degree in nursing administration. Today, the College offers a broad spectrum of respected master's and doctoral programs, and its nursing service administration program is widely considered the nations's best.

Elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1972, Dr. Aydelotte is also a long-standing member of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International, and she has received numerous awards for service and achievement. Considering Dr. Aydelotte's career-long drive to elevate nursing's educational and professional standards, she holds high regard for today's leaders and remains encouraged by prospects she sees for nurses and nursing in the 21st century.