AACN Recognizes Rogers as Pioneering Spirit

May 15, 2015

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Emory’s Ann Rogers to receive AACN Pioneering Spirit Award

Rogers — nursing professor and researcher at Emory University — honored for the transformative effect on nursing practice from her studies on nurse fatigue and its effects on patient safety
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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 14, 2015  — Ann E. Rogers, RN, PhD, FAAN, whose work as a professor and nurse researcher continues to have a transformative impact on nursing research and practice, will receive the AACN Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

The award will be presented at the 2015 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, San Diego, May 18-21. 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.

Rogers is the Edith Honeycutt Chair in Nursing at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, where she is a professor and director of graduate studies. 

Her work on nurse fatigue and patient safety has broken new ground in terms of both research and impact on policy.

She was the first to document the adverse effects of nurse work hours on patient, nurse and public safety in her seminal study, “The Working Hours of Hospital Staff Nurses & Patient Safety,” which found the long hours frequently worked by nurses led to more mistakes.

This research resulted in more than a dozen manuscripts, several book chapters and sweeping changes in nursing policies in clinical settings across the country. 

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine recommended that nurses not be allowed to provide patient care for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period and for no more than 60 hours in a seven-day period. The same year, the U.S. Congress mandated all VA Healthcare facilities to limit the hours worked by RNs to no more than 12 hours in 24. 

Her work has been cited as key evidence in a 2011 Joint Commission report listing nine steps providers can take to lower the risk of healthcare worker fatigue by redesigning schedules, educating team members about the dangers of long hours and encouraging a culture of safety. 

She continues to directly influence care at the bedside not only because of her extensive research, but because of her equally extensive success in translating and disseminating the findings to the widest audiences.

She earned an undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri, Columbia, before completing her Ph.D. at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. 

She taught at the School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for 12 years and at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia for 11 years, before joining the faculty at Emory in 2010. 

She is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, where she is one of six nurses in the United States certified as a Diplomate. A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she received AAN’s Media Award in 2004 in recognition of the public attention garnered by her research on nursing work hours. 

About the AACN Pioneering Spirit Award: The annual 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 $1,000 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, 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 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
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Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109

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