Clemson University School of Nursing professor John Whitcomb has received the Presidential Citation award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The award recognizes extraordinary contributions of time, energy and resources to SCCM during the previous year.

Whitcomb is an associate professor at Clemson’s School of Nursing, where he also serves as undergraduate coordinator and Accelerated Second Degree Program coordinator.

Whitcomb is also a fellow of critical care medicine and retired as a Navy Nurse Corps commander after 26 years of service. During his military service, he served as the specialty advisor to the Surgeon General (Navy) for critical care nursing. He has also served as a board member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and the Certification Corporation for AACN.

Whitcomb’s research interests include critical care, resuscitative outcomes, ethics, military nursing and leadership. He has worked to understand the relationship between lack of sleep and delirium in the ICU. His research has contributed to the development of protocols that help care providers better utilize sedation and environmental control in the ICU.

Whitcomb’s research has been published in scholarly journals such as Nursing Research, Advances in Nursing Science, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing and Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, and he has presented his research locally, nationally and internationally.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With members in more than 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. The society offers a variety of activities that ensures excellence in patient care, education, research and advocacy.