A Community of Exceptional Nurses
The AACN Circle of Excellence recognizes and showcases excellence in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.
Each year, beginning in 2009, up to 25 individuals will receive Circle of Excellence Awards. They become permanent members of the AACN Circle of Excellence Society along with all past recipients of AACN awards.
Each year since 2008, up to three exceptional individuals from the Society are selected to receive the Flame of Excellence Award, which recognizes sustained contributions of excellence in acute and critical care nursing.
Nominees for the Flame of Excellence Award are active members of AACN and members of the Circle of Excellence Society who consistently demonstrate outcomes associated with the award criteria at a high level and with broad reach.
AACN requests the nominee’s biographical information and vita. The association also will obtain at least two independent letters of support from individuals who can speak to how the nominee demonstrates outcomes associated with the award criteria. The Board of Directors of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses unanimously selects the awardees.
Each awardee receives a $500 honorarium and a crystal replica of the AACN vision icon. Travel and lodging expenses are provided to receive the award at the AACN National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.
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