Twenty-five nurses from across the country – including two New York RNs – will be honored in May with the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
The AACN will bestow the award on nurses from 15 different states at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, scheduled for May 18-21 in San Diego.
New York recipients will be Eileen T. Fitzgerald, MN, RN, CCRN, staff nurse, charge nurse and preceptor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan; and William Rosa, MS, RN, LMT, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC, Caritas Coach, New York City.
According to a news release, the award is given for achieving excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Criteria used to evaluate candidates, according to the release, 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.
Awardees receive a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium and become members of the Circle of Excellence Society.
Other recipients include the following:
California: Nancy T. Blake, PHD, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, FAAN, director of nursing, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Flerida Imperial-Perez, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, CCNS-P, clinical manager, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Laura Raichle, BSN, RN, head nurse, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale
Connecticut: Noreen G. Gorero, BSN, RN, MA, manager, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Delaware: Elisabeth G. Bradley, MS, APN, AGPCNP-BC, ACNS-BC, clinical leader, Christiana Care Health System, Newark
Hawaii: Eileen D.U. Wong, BSN, RN, CCRN, BLS, ACLS, PALS, staff nurse, The Queens Medical Center, Honolulu
Illinois: Hillary S. Crumlett, MS, RN, ANL, director of critical care services, Central DuPage Hospital, Cadence Health, Winfield; and Jessica M. Schneiderman, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CPPS, clinical nurse specialist, FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport
Indiana: Jennifer Dunscomb, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS, director of nursing practice and quality, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
Maryland: Kathryn T. VonRueden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, and
clinical nurse specialist, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
Nevada: Amy S. McCombs, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNML, director of nursing critical care/telemetry, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno
North Carolina: Jill Engel, DNP, RN, FNP, ANP, ACNP, CCRN-CSC, associate CNO, Duke University Hospital, Durham; Mary Lindsay, MSN, RN, CCRN, director of clinical operations CT surgery, Duke University Hospital; Elizabeth K. Tresohlavy, BSN, RN, CCRN, ACLS, BLS, PALS, SCRN, staff nurse 3, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte; and Laura E. Yau, BSN, RN, CCRN, SCRN, staff nurse 3, Carolinas Medical Center
Pennsylvania: Jacqueline Marie Gordon, MSN, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN, clinical nurse specialist, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; Margaret A. Lattanzio, MSN, RN, CCRN, ACLS, BLS, programmatic nurse specialist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Passavant; Darlene A. Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN, programmatic nurse specialist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian
South Carolina: Leah Ramos, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, NE-BC, nurse manager, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Texas: Glenn I. Dennis, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, director of critical care services, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital; Shelley K. Welch, MSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, staff development educator, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler
Washington: Kelly M. King, MSN, RN, CCRN, assistant nurse manager, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
Wisconsin: Mary Kay Feeney, MN, RN, CCRN(A), FLMI, retired