Maria Torchia LoGrippo, PhD, MSN, BSN, a nursing educator at Rutgers University, Newark, N.J. and Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., was one of 10 nurses named Nov. 18 as recipients of the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Its amazing to see the difference that these 10 people are making in their communities and the healthcare system, Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJFs senior adviser for nursing and director of the Campaign for Action, said in a news release. The lives of the people they care for are better because they fearlessly tackled or are tackling daunting healthcare challenges.
LoGrippo and the nine other nurses were honored for extraordinary efforts to improve the health and lives of people in their communities, according to the release.
LoGrippo began her nursing career at the National Institutes of Healths Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Md., where she said she learned the importance of collaborative care and patient trust.
The nurse must be able to communicate the patients needs to the team, LoGrippo said in the release.
This is a challenge when patients are neurologically impaired because of brain tumors or aneurysms.
She later worked in med/surg nursing and neuro/trauma intensive care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Roosevelt Hospital, Manhattan.
Her goal, according to the release, is to ensure high-quality care for New Jersey residents and promote nursing education through the New Jersey Action Coalitions work to create models for seamless academic progression.
Building trusting relationships among nurses from academic and practice settings is key to improve nursing education, said LoGrippo, who is pursuing a post-doctorate degree through the New Jersey Action Coalitions Academic Progression Pilot Project.
The Campaign for Action created the Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award to celebrate nurse leadership and the importance of efforts by nurses to improve health and healthcare. The award recipients have worked to help medically fragile children, neurologically impaired individuals, and low-income women in rural areas, among others.
These outstanding leaders truly represent the future of nursing, said Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist at the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We look forward to working with them as they lead change to advance health.