News: UMass’ Richard Irwin receives AACN award

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UMass’ Richard Irwin to receive GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award

Irwin — professor of medicine and professor of nursing, University of Massachusetts — will be honored for his advocacy of collaborative leadership and interdisciplinary practice between medicine and nursing

The Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and supported by GE Healthcare recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 8, 2013 — Pulmonologist Richard Irwin, MD, a leading advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration between medicine and nursing, will receive the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award.

The award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and supported by GE Healthcare, will be given at the 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Boston, May 18-23. This AACN Visionary Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values.

Irwin holds dual appointments as a professor of medicine and professor of nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass. He also serves as chair of critical care operations at UMass Memorial Medical Center and as editor-in-chief of the journal CHEST, a position he has held since 2005.

He is recognized as a dedicated advocate for patient safety, patient-focused care, collaborative leadership and interdisciplinary practice and education. During his presidency of the American College of Chest Physicians, Irwin heightened interdisciplinary awareness of his organization’s significant role in critical care medicine.

Committed to the importance of collaborative practice between medicine and nursing, he was an early champion and adopter of “AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments.”

He has published widely in textbooks and journals; his major research interests include the causes, diagnosis and treatment of cough; health-related quality of life; difficult to control asthma; gastrointestinal-respiratory system interactions and healthcare utilization in the ICU.

His contributions to the evidence base for pulmonary and critical care have significantly affected clinical care and quality of life for patients.


About the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award: The annual GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing regionally and nationally and relate to AACN’s mission, vision and values. Recipients of this Visionary Leadership Award come from business, academia and healthcare and receive a plaque and $750 honorarium at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Other Visionary Leadership Awards, AACN’s highest honor, include AACN’s Lifetime Member Award, Honorary Member Award and the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.

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 235 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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