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New Breakthrough Leaders award recognizes Oregon nurse

Jake Creviston, MN, RN, PMHNP, DNP student at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, is one of 10 nurses who will be recognized as recipients of the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award.

The award, created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action: A joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recognizes nurses who have made extraordinary efforts to improve the health and lives of people in their communities, according to a news release.

“It’s amazing to see the difference that these 10 people are making in their communities and the healthcare system,” Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing and director of the Campaign for Action, said in the release. “The lives of the people they care for are better because they fearlessly tackled­ — or are tackling­ — daunting healthcare challenges.”

Creviston is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at an integrative patient-centered primary care home in Portland, Ore. His work focuses on psychotherapy and medication management in an interprofessional, integrative care setting, with a special focus on safely weaning patients off of psychiatric medications.

He grew up in a family of nurses in rural Oklahoma. He has conducted nursing missions to Central America and Africa, where he helped to build a medical clinic for Ugandan refugees and co-founded a nongovernmental organization dedicated to the work. As a charge nurse of a medical/cardiac ICU, he advocated for dying patients, and found his calling in mental health.

Creviston is working to improve the healthcare system through participation on the steering committee and leadership workgroup of the Oregon Action Coalition and through efforts to promote interprofessionalism and quality improvement with various other organizations, according to
the release.

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. Their work is helping to improve the quality of medical care in Vermont, protect healthcare workers from exposure to carcinogens in North Carolina, prevent bedsores and reduce Medicaid costs in Texas and recruit and encourage minority nursing students in Wisconsin.

“These outstanding leaders truly represent the future of nursing,” 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, said in the release. “We look forward to working with them as they lead change to advance health.”

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