Bradley Nursing faculty receive Jaycees Awards

Amanda Lambie (left), Peter Cenek, and Dr. Francesca Armmer at the Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards banquet.

March 10, 2011

Two Bradley nursing professors, Amanda Lambie and Peter Cenek, received Peoria Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards. Professor Lambie accepted the award for Outstanding Young Health Care Professional, and Professor Cenek won the award for Outstanding Young Educator. They were recognized during a banquet held at the Hotel Pere Marquette. Dr. Kelly Schwend, Professor Janet Jackson, and Department of Nursing Chair Dr. Fran Armmer all attended.

Professor Lambie joined Bradley’s faculty in 2009. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2002 and a master’s degree in nursing in 2009, both from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. At the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, she worked in the neonatal intensive care unit and as a general pediatric nurse. At Bradley, she teaches junior pediatric theory courses and junior clinicals.

Professor Lambie said she loves being immersed in a true university culture, something she missed out on at Saint Francis. She also appreciates the opportunity to work in the community while she teaches her students.

Professor Cenek has taught at Bradley since 2006. He received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bradley in 1996 and a master’s degree in nursing from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in 2004. Prior to becoming a professor at Bradley, he worked in rehabilitation and critical care nursing and works part-time as an advanced practice nurse in neurosurgery at Saint Francis. At Bradley, he teaches senior medical-surgical classes and senior clinicals.

Professor Cenek said that despite the challenges of preparing students for important work in the medical field, he feels rewarded by their work in class and with patients.

“I know I’m going to see [my students] become good nurses,” he said. “You can see it in their eyes.”

Dr. Maureen Cluskey nominated Professor Lambie for the Jaycees Award. Dr. Armmer nominated Professor Cenek. Both winners were humbled by the honor.

“It’s really nice to be acknowledged in a field where we don’t expect acknowledgement,” Professor Lambie said.

“It’s quite an honor, I was blown away,” Professor Cenek said. “I hope to live up to the award.”