Two nurses from Texas are among 25 nationwide who have been selected to receive the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The awards will be given at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 18-21 in San Diego.
Award winners are selected for achieving excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families, according to a news release. Honorees receive a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium and become members of the Circle of Excellence Society.
Texas’ Circle of Excellence honorees are Glenn I. Dennis, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, director of critical care services, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital; and Shelley K. Welch, MSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, staff development educator, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler.
According to the release, criteria used to evaluate 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.
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, according to the release.