Awards recognize excellent outcomes in the care of acute and critical patients and their families
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2015 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will bestow the 2015 Circle of Excellence award on 25 nurses nationwide at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, San Diego, May 18-21.
These outstanding caregivers from 15 states receive this coveted award for achieving excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Criteria used to evaluate 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; and 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. Awardees receive a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium and become members of the Circle of Excellence Society.
Highly regarded for its responsiveness to current trends in the nursing profession and in the environments where nurses work, the award is supported by grants from Elsevier and Dale Medical.
Recipients of 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards From the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Following is a list of recipients of the 2015 Circle of Excellence awards from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) in alphabetical order by state and last name.
- Nancy T. Blake, RN, PHD, CCRN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Director of Nursing, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- Flerida Imperial-Perez, RN, MSN, CNS-BC, CCNS-P, Clinical Manager, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- Laura Raichle, RN, BSN, Head Nurse, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale
- Noreen G. Gorero, RN, BSN, MA, Manager, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven
- Elisabeth G. Bradley, MS, APN, AGPCNP-BC, ACNS-BC, Clinical Leader, Christiana Care Health System, Newark
- Eileen D.U. Wong, RN, BSN, CCRN, BLS, ACLS, PALS, Staff Nurse, The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu
- Hillary S. Crumlett, RN, MS, ANL, Director - Critical Care Services, Central DuPage Hospital, Cadence Health, Winfield
- Jessica M. Schneiderman, RN, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CPPS, Clinical Nurse Specialist, FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport
- Jennifer Dunscomb, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, Director of Nursing Practice and Quality, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
- Kathryn T. VonRueden, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, FCCM, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, and Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
- Amy S. McCombs, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNML, Director of Nursing Critical Care/Telemetry, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno
- Eileen T. Fitzgerald, RN, MN, CCRN, Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Preceptor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
- William Rosa, RN, MS, LMT, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC, Caritas Coach, New York
- Jill Engel, RN, DNP, FNP, ANP, ACNP, CCRN-CSC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Duke University Hospital, Durham
- Mary Lindsay, RN, MSN, CCRN, Director - Clinical Operations CT Surgery, Duke University Hospital, Durham
- Elizabeth K. Tresohlavy, RN, BSN, CCRN, ACLS, BLS, PALS, SCRN, Staff Nurse III, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte
- Laura E. Yau, RN, BSN, CCRN, SCRN, Staff Nurse III, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte
- Jacqueline Marie Gordon, RN, MSN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey
- Margaret A. Lattanzio, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACLS, BLS, Programmatic Nurse Specialist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Passavant, Pittsburgh
- Darlene A. Lovasik, RN, MN, CCRN, Programmatic Nurse Specialist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Presbyterian, Pittsburgh
- Leah Ramos, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, NE-BC, Nurse Manager, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
- Glenn I. Dennis, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, Director - Critical Care Services, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
- Shelley K. Welch, RN, MSN, CCRN-CSC, Staff Development Educator, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler
- Kelly M. King, RN, MSN, CCRN, Assistant Nurse Manager, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
- Mary Kay Feeney, RN, MN, CCRN(A), FLMI, Retired
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, California, 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 has 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
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109
Phone: (949) 362-2000
Fax: (949) 362-2020