Melissa A. Kramer, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, of Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pa., was named National Magnet Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center at the ANCC National Magnet Conference on Oct. 9 in Dallas, according to a news release.
Kramer is one of five nurses nationally to earn this honor, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses in each of the five Magnet Model categories: transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovations and improvements, and empirical outcomes.
Melissa exemplifies what it means to be a Magnet nurse, Tina Martin, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Magnet program coordinator at LG Health, said in the release. She has a strong sense of community, and feels compelled to support our organizations mission to advance the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Melissa is a committed nursing professional and key asset to our nursing department. She continues to contribute to positive community health outcomes and is deserving of the 2014 Magnet Nurse of the Year Award for structural empowerment.
Kramer, an ED nurse who is nationally certified as an adult and pediatric sexual assault examiner, was selected in the category of structural empowerment for her commitment to patient care, education and community service. As the former sexual assault forensic examiner program co-director at LG Healths ED, she assisted in developing and implementing its pediatric sexual assault program. Previously, children had to be transferred out of county for acute examination and treatment of sexual assault. She also has helped develop an HIV prophylaxis protocol and algorithm for the ED.
As chairwoman of the community outreach council, she developed the Nurses Innovating Community Engagement program. She also is a member of the Lancaster County Children’s Alliance Advisory Council, the State Department of Health Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Committee, and serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster campus. She is studying for her MSN at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa.