The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently honored Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, with the 2015 Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.
Disch — professor ad honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis — received the award for exceptional contributions throughout her 45-year career that enhanced the care of critically ill patients and their families and furthered AACN’s mission and vision.
“Throughout her career, Joanne has distinguished herself in both the practice and education arenas, always advocating for person-centric care across the life span and across the continuum of care delivery,” said AACN national president Teri Lynn Kiss, MS, RN, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN.
“We are honored that she has made AACN her professional home since the beginning of her influential career.”
Currently, she serves on the board of Aurora Health Care and is chairwoman of the board of trustees of Chamberlain College of Nursing.
She has published and presented nationally and internationally on issues related to quality, safety and leadership in healthcare and recently completed co-editing the text “Person and Family-Centered Care.” Disch’s research has centered on nurse/physician relationships and quality and safety within healthcare organizations.
AACN previously has honored Disch, who served as its national president and led its certification corporation board, with its Pioneering Spirit Award in 2007.
Disch has provided leadership to other national organizations, including a term as board member and chairwoman of the National Board of Directors for AARP and as president of the American Academy of Nursing.