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Mathy Mezey Excellence in Aging Award

Sponsored by the New York University College of Nursing

Award Application Window: April 15–June 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. (Central Time)

The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in promoting competence in caring for the elderly cardiovascular or stroke patient through teaching, research, and/or practice.

Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN was most recently Professor Emerita, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Mezey received her undergraduate and graduate education at Colombia University.  She worked as a public health nurse in NY City and taught at Lehman College, City University of New York, and the University of Pennsylvania; School of Nursing.

CVSN’s original award, the Nurse Competence in Aging Award, was established when the Council received a grant to highlight care for older adults; this nation-wide project was led by Dr. Mezey. The CVSN Council has continued to award after funding ended in order to recognized members who were making important contributions to the care of older adults with cardiovascular disease. We seek to re-name this award after this esteemed leader in geriatric nursing who recognized the need for specialty organizations to improve care delivery for older adults.

The award initially was supported by the Nurse Competence in Aging initiative, a 5-year initiative funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., awarded to the American Nurses Association (ANA) through the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), that represents a strategic alliance between the ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing. For the past several years CVSN has been covering the cost of the award, which it will continue to do as additional sponsors are sought..

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be actively engaged in research, teaching or practice related to the care of elders.
  • Applicant must be a member of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing at the time of application. Applicants needing to join the AHA should do so by May 30.
  • Applicant can be at any career stage, but must have evidence of sustained contribution to the field of aging.
  • Applicant must hold a full-time position.
  • Award recipients are not eligible to compete in subsequent years.
  • The chosen awardee must agree to attend the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing annual dinner.

Evaluation Criteria

Evidence of nominee's excellence in promoting competence in caring for the elderly cardiovascular or stroke patient in two of the three following areas: teaching, research, or practice

Examples of such evidence include (but are not limited to):

  • Receipt of extramural grants or fellowships with peer reviewed publications disseminating the results
  • Leadership in professional organizations dedicated to aging or in other organizations where the individual has promoted aging
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presentations at the national or international level
  • Awards and recognitions

How to Make a Nomination

Individuals may be nominated an unlimited number of times, but may receive this award only once. Self-nomination is acceptable.

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the nomination cannot be accepted.

The nomination file (which can be submitted on the nominee’s behalf) should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including bibliography
  • At least two letters of nomination are required, drafted on electronic letterhead with a signature, that thoroughly outline and provide clear support (through examples as mentioned above) of the nominee's excellence in promoting competence in caring for the elderly cardiovascular or stroke patient in at least two of the three following areas: teaching, research, or practice

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, please do so before accessing the Council Awards Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA by May 30 for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.


The winner will receive:

  • $1,000 honorarium
  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions
  • Complimentary council dinner ticket, and recognition and presentation of a plaque at the council dinner