American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to Present Flame of Excellence Award to Vanderbilt's Mary Fran Hazinski

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Newswise — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will present the Flame of Excellence Award to Mary Fran Hazinski, RN, MSN, FAAN, FAHA.

Hazinski will receive the award at the 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Boston, May 18-23. The Flame of Excellence Award honors sustained contributions to acute and critical care nursing at a high level and with broad reach.

She is a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn., and a pediatric clinical nurse specialist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She holds an adjunct appointment as an assistant in the departments of surgery and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Over her 35-year career she has pursued, promoted and achieved patient-driven excellence in her practice, teaching, presentations, consultation, research, publications and volunteer service. She is recognized as one of the most influential clinicians in the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation practice and science.

Since 1999, she has been the American Heart Association senior science editor for emergency cardiovascular care. Among many other awards that attest to her leadership contributions, in 2010 she was honored with the highest recognition from the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, a multinational consortium for resuscitation science.

First published in 1984 and continuing through three editions, Hazinski’s “Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child” has established the foundation for comprehensive coverage of pediatric critical nursing practice. Her other publications similarly have set the standards for clinician practice in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

She was principal investigator for the school-based Children’s Traffic Safety Program, which earned almost $2 million in federal grants and was adopted in 33 Tennessee counties. Her research on automated external defibrillators showed they were accurate for use with infants and children. Her work has made profound and long-lasting contributions to excellence in patient care, particularly in congenital heart defect management.

Hazinski earned her BSN degree from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and her MSN degree from Saint Louis University Graduate School of Nursing, St. Louis.

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 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 18-23, in Boston.

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. www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme


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