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Erickson — researcher, renowned educator and cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist — recognized for educating a generation of nurses how to identify and interpret normal and abnormal heart sounds
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 Barbara A. Erickson, RN, PhD, MSN, CNS, APRN, CCRN-retired, for her work as a clinician, educator and researcher in cardiac nursing across the life span.
Erickson has educated a generation of critical care nurses on how to identify and interpret normal and abnormal heart sounds. Over the years, she perfected a teaching technique to convey the various sound elements that has enabled countless nurses to recognize normal and abnormal heart sounds at the bedside. Her book, “Heart Sounds and Murmurs Across the Lifespan” — now in its fourth edition — has been the definitive reference on the concepts needed by practitioners and students learning or reviewing cardiac auscultation.
Erickson 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.
She is the research analyst and secretary/treasurer of the Medical Decision Making Society of Youngstown, Ohio, participating in computer simulation research on a variety of clinical topics. Throughout her distinguished career, she has held numerous clinical, hospital and educational appointments from coronary care and surgical staff nurse, head nurse and coronary care supervisor, cardiovascular CNS and director of medical nursing to associate professor and director of the critical care graduate nursing program to corporate consultant.
A longtime advocate for AACN, she has been an active member since 1970. She was a founding member and first president of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of AACN. Since then she has served several additional terms as president, as a chapter officer and as program planner. She currently serves on the chapter board.
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.
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
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