Three nurses from California, one from Washington and one from Nevada are among the 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 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.
Circle of Excellence honorees include Nancy T. Blake, PhD, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, FAAN, DON, and Flerida Imperial-Perez, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, CCNS-P, clinical manager, both from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Also earning the honor were Laura Raichle, BSN, RN, head nurse, Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center; Amy S. McCombs, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNML, director of nursing critical care/telemetry, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nev.; and Kelly M. King, MSN, RN, CCRN, assistant nurse manager, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.
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. •