Carrie Houser James receives Distinguished Nursing Award from S.C. Nurses Association

Thursday, November 1, 2007

ORANGEBURG – An SC State professor is the first recipient of the S.C. Nurses Association Distinguished Nursing Award.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the S.C. Nursing Association (SCNA), four new awards were created to honor nurses and supporters of the nursing profession. These awards include the Distinguished Nursing Award, which was presented to Carrie Houser James, an assistant professor in SC State’s nursing program.

The new award recognizes James’ significant contributions to the professional development of colleagues and the outstanding leadership that she has provided to SCNA at all levels of membership in the organization.

“James’ many contributions are truly extraordinary and she is a practitioner of the profession of registered nursing of the highest order,” said Judith Curfman Thompson, IOM, executive director of the S.C. Nurses Association.

Carrie Houser James, MSN, RN, CAN, BC, CCE, is the first African-American graduate of the BSN program at the University of South Carolina. She is a past and current member of the Board of Directors of SCNA; a past president of SCNA; a past president of the S.C. Nurses Foundation; and past chairwoman of the Constituent Assembly of the American Nurses Association.

She also serves as the current president of the Center for American Nurses Association, one of the two Associate Organizational members of the ANA, and holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the ANA. In addition, James was appointed by S.C. Governor Mark Sanford to serve as a member of the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina for the Sixth Congressional District. James is an active community volunteer, especially in the area of breast cancer and working with prenatal education.

For additional information, please contact Judith Curfman Thompson at (803) 252-4781 or via email at