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 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 were from 14 other U.S. states.