Virginia Prendergast, PhD, NP-C, FAAN, is internationally recognized for her work and leadership in nursing education, research, care of neurosurgical patients, and innovation. Dr. Prendergast’s tenure at the Barrow Neurological Institute has spanned more than 40 years. Her passion for excellence in nursing motivated her professional growth into leadership roles, and she now serves as the Director of Advanced Practice Nursing and Evidence-based Research.
Dr. Prendergast’s teaching achievements and dedication to patient care have also commanded national and international recognition and awards. She has been invited as a guest lecturer to conferences and nursing schools throughout North America, China, Japan, and Europe. She has served as a mentor to graduate nurses from Sydney, Singapore, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Tokyo, as well as for nurses throughout North America. She has received the Nursing Spectrum national award for Excellence in Teaching and was honored for her dedication to patient care by the Phoenix Business Journal. The neurosurgical resident staff has twice honored her with the “BNI Nurse of the Year” award.