Newswise — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will bestow the 2014 Circle of Excellence Award on 23 nurses nationwide at its National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Denver, May 17-22.
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 the 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.
Following is a list of recipients, in alphabetical order by state and last name.
CaliforniaSandra L. Bennett, RN, BSN, ACLS, CCRN-CSC, NVRN-BC, CMC, CNRNLead Open Heart Clinician, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View
Barbara Elizabeth Callens, RN, CCRNClinical Nurse III, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View
Kathleen N. Turner, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC, CHPNClinical Nurse III, ICU, University of California San Francisco Medical Center
DelawareTamekia L. Thomas, RN, MSN, PCCN, ACNS-BCCritical Care Education Coordinator/Certification Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System, Newark
FloridaCarrie C. Ogilvie, RN, DNP, ACNS-BC, CCRNAssociate Vice-President, Critical Care and Trauma Services, Lakeland Regional Medical Center
GeorgiaCarolyn K. Holder, RN, MN, ANP-BC, CCRN, CCNSClinical Nurse Specialist Critical Care/Pulmonary, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta
Barbara Ann McLean, RN, MN, CCNS-BC, NP-BC, CCRN, FCCMCritical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta
HawaiiJill Slade, RN, BSNNurse Manager, Surgical/Trauma ICU, The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu
IllinoisRachel Zastrow, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPPS, LSSBBPatient Safety Program Coordinator, Cadence Health, Winfield
IndianaJean Balaguras, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-CSCClinical Nurse Specialist, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital
Michelle E. Deckard, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-CMCClinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiac Medical Critical Care, Program Coordinator, Hypothermia Post Arrest, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
MarylandDebra L. Wiegand, RN, PhD, MBE, CCRN, CHPN, FAAN, FAHAAssistant Professor, The University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore
MichiganSheri L. Testani, RN, MSN, NE-BC Administrative Director, Critical Care and Specialty Services, DMC Harper University Hospital, Detroit
OhioCynthia L. Webner, RN, DNP, CCNS, CCRN-CMC, CHFNClinical Nurse Specialist, Aultman Hospital, Canton
OregonLuke R. Kinzie, RN, BSN, ACLS, CCRN, CMCCharge/Staff Nurse, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Rhode IslandEllen B. Fales, RN, BSN, CCRN Clinical Leader, ICU, South County Hospital, Wakefield
South CarolinaNadine R. Brooks, RN, MSN, CCRNNurse Manager, Intermediate ICU, Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia
Cindy Little, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, NE-BCNurse Manager, Surgical Trauma ICU, Surgery Acute Critical Care Service Line, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
TexasNinotchka B. Brydges, RN, MSN, ACNP-BCManager, Mid-Level Provider, Department of Critical Care, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
Janice Mink, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRNQuality and Safety Coordinator/Patient Safety Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler
Catherine Robichaux, RN, PhD, Alumnus CCRN, CNSAssistant Professor, Adjunct Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Mary Lou Warren, RN, DNP, CNS-CC, CCNS, CCRNAdvanced Practice Nurse, Department of Critical Care, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
VirginiaTanya Lynn Prachar, RN, MSN, PMHNP, CNRNClinician IV, Nerancy Neuro ICU, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville
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.
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