AACN News: 25 Inducted Into Circle of Excellence Society


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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to present Circle of Excellence Awards to 25 acute and critical care nurses at 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, May 19-24

Awards recognize excellent outcomes in the care of acute and critical patients and their families

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 17, 2012 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will bestow the 2012 Circle of Excellence Award on 25 nurses nationwide at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, Fla., May 19-24. A recipient list ordered alphabetically by state and last name follows.

These outstanding caregivers receive this coveted award for achieving excellent outcomes in the care of acute and critical patients and their families. Criteria used to evaluate the Circle of Excellence Award candidates include:

  • Relentless promotion of patient-driven excellence.
  • Communication skills.
  • True collaboration.
  • Effective decision-making.
  • Meaningful recognition of others.
  • Ability to transform thinking, structures and processes.
  • Ability to address challenges and remove barriers to excellent patient care and achieve visible results through leadership.

AACN’s Circle of Excellence Awards align with the association’s mission of creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

Recipients, inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society, receive a plaque and a $1,000 award. They also become eligible for future recognition with a Flame of Excellence Award for sustained regional and national contributions to acute and critical care nursing.

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.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
Phone: (949) 362-2000; Fax: (949) 362-2020; www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme


Recipients of 2012 Circle of Excellence Awards From the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Following is a list of the recipients of the 2012 Circle of Excellence Awards from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) in alphabetical order by state and last name.

C F G H I M N O P T V
 
California
  Jill Michelle Carrington, RN, BS, CCRN
Staff Nurse, Cardiac ICU, Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo
  Cher Hagaman, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN-CSC, PHN
Staff Nurse, Cardiovascular ICU/CCU, Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach
  Maureen Keckeisen, RN, MN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Transplant Surgical Specialist ICU, UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Los Angeles
  Zonna Rogers, RN, BSN
Manager, Surgical ICU, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego
Florida
  Daleen Aragon Penoyer, PhD, RN, CCRP, FCCM
Director, Center for Nursing Research, Orlando Health, Orlando
  Jessica Reid, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse, Trauma ICU, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando
Georgia
  Kasey Nelson, RN, BSN, CCRN-P
The Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon
Hawaii
  Juliet G. Beniga, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNRN
Clinical Staff Nurse IV, Neuroscience ICU, The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu
Indiana
  Vince W. Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Indiana University Health Bloomington
Illinois
  Melissa L. Browning, DNP, APRN, CCNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist-SICU, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Massachusetts
  Jean Anne Connor, DNSc, RN, CPNP
Director of Nursing Research Cardiovascular and Critical Care, Children’s Hospital Boston
  Elizabeth A. Henneman, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAAN
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, Amherst
  Matthew J. Quin, RN, MSN
Nurse Director, Cardiac Surgery ICU, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Minnesota
  Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis
New Jersey
  Maureen A. Madden, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPNP-AC, FCCM
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick
New York
  Laura O’Brien, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Beth Israel Medical Center, Petrie Division, New York
North Carolina
  Louise Saladino, RN, DNP, MHA, CCRN
Director of Critical Care Services and Cardiac Catheterization/Electrophysiology Lab, Durham Regional Hospital, Duke University Health System, Durham
Ohio
  Katherine Kelly Hancock, RN, MSN
Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
Oregon
  Christine S. Schulman, RN, MS, CCRN
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Legacy Health Systems – Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center, Portland
Pennsylvania
  Larissa Hutchins, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
  Lauren M. Saul, RN, MSN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh
  Rose B. Shaffer, RN, MSN, CRNP-BC, CCRN
Cardiology Nurse Practitioner, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
Texas
  Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN
President and Founder, Paws to Learn, Whitehouse
Virginia
  Marian S. Altman, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, ANP
Clinical Nurse Specialist, VCU Health System, Richmond
  Cheri S. Blevins, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville

 

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