AACN News: Detroit Nurse Researcher Honored at NTI
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to present Flame of Excellence Award to Meg Campbell at 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, May 19-24
Meg Campbell — director of nursing research at Detroit Receiving Hospital and assistant professor, Wayne State University College of Nursing — recognized for transforming thinking and influencing nursing practice in end-of-life and palliative care
Flame of Excellence Award honors sustained contributions to acute and critical care nursing at a high level and with broad reach
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 17, 2012 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will present the Flame of Excellence Award to Margaret L. “Meg” Campbell, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a nationally known expert in hospital-based palliative care and end-of-life issues.
Campbell has nearly 40 years of nursing experience, with 28 years of clinical and administrative work in hospice and palliative care nursing. She currently serves as director of nursing research, Palliative Care and Advanced Practice Nursing at Detroit Receiving Hospital, where she has managed palliative care practice since 1988. She is also on the faculty at Wayne State University College of Nursing.
Campbell will receive the award at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, Fla., May 19-24. The Flame of Excellence Award honors sustained contributions to acute and critical care nursing at a high level and with broad reach.
As a clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner in charge of the Comprehensive Support Care Team at Detroit Receiving Hospital in the late 1980s, she led efforts to establish an innovative, nurse-led palliative care consultation service that provided a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to end-of-life care that became a model for others.
She was one of the earliest clinicians to measure and disseminate positive financial outcomes from palliative care consultation, and she published some of the earliest work about palliative care in the ICU. A frequent contributor to the critical care periodical literature, including the American Journal of Critical Care, in 1998 she authored a book titled “Forgoing Life-Sustaining Therapy: How to Care for the Patient Who Is Near Death.”
Campbell has served on a number of influential committees and task forces to improve care of the dying, including the Institute of Medicine, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Hospital Association, American College of Chest Physicians Guidelines Panel, National Quality Forum and National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.
She has held leadership positions in the Southeast Michigan Chapter of AACN, Michigan Nurses Association, Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. She has excelled in these efforts by collaborating across disciplines and bringing together nurses, physicians and social workers to improve palliative care in the critical care setting.
About AACN’s Flame of Excellence Award: AACN’s Flame of Excellence Award recognizes consistent high-level outcomes with a broad reach in acute and critical care nursing. Selected from the AACN Circle of Excellence Society, Flame of Excellence Award recipients promote patient-driven excellence through skilled communication, collaboration and decision making that transform thinking and achieve visible results. Award recipients receive a $500 honorarium and a crystal replica of the AACN vision icon at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 19-24, in Orlando, Fla.
About the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition: Established in 1974, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) represents the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners attend NTI.
About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.
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