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Kathleen Puntillo — professor emerita and research scientist, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing — recognized for her landmark research on pain in critically ill patients
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 17, 2012 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN will present the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career to noted nurse researcher Kathleen A. Puntillo, RN, DNSc, FAAN. She will receive this Visionary Leadership Award for contributions to AACN’s mission and vision at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, May 19-24.
Puntillo is currently professor emerita and research scientist in the School of Nursing at the University of California San Francisco. She earned both her master’s degree and doctor of nursing science degree from UCSF before joining the faculty at her alma mater. She retired from full-time teaching in 2009 to concentrate on research.
For the past 22 years, her research has focused on the assessment and treatment of pain in critically ill patients. She has expanded her work to now include palliative care and assessment and treatment of symptoms not previously studied in critically ill patients, such as thirst, shortness of breath and confusion. She recently led a multinational procedural pain study with a team of researchers in Europe as a follow-up to landmark pain research she completed in 2001.
Puntillo co-directed the UCSF critical care/trauma program, teaching and mentoring future advanced practice nurses to make significant contributions to patient care. She developed a national training grant and directed the first ACNP program in Northern California, while maintaining an active clinical practice. Through her practice, she developed strong relationships with bedside nurses and advised them on pathophysiology, critical care and trauma nursing, pain, palliative care and family issues.
An AACN member since 1975, Puntillo has held national committee and chapter leadership roles. She was the lead investigator for Thunder II, AACN’s multisite study on procedural ICU pain, and was the Distinguished Research Lecturer in 2003. She has been active in many professional groups and is widely published in the leading critical care, pain, palliative care and emergency journals.
About the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award: Established in 1997 and named for a past AACN president, the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career recognizes extraordinary and distinguished professional contributions that further AACN’s mission and vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. Recipients of this Visionary Leadership Award receive a $1,000 gift to the charity of their choice, lifetime membership in AACN and a crystal replica of the presidential “Vision” icon. Other Visionary Leadership Awards, AACN’s highest honor, include Lifetime Member Award, Honorary Member Award and the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award.
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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