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AANN Awards Program

The call for nominations is open through Friday, October 30, 2020. 

Award PlaquesPlease consider nominating an AANN member or chapter that demonstrates excellence within practice arenas in addition to advancing neuroscience nursing through local, regional, or national AANN activities. Award discriptions, applications, and recent winners are below.

Help promote the awards at your hospital. Print and display the awards flyer to encourage your colleagues to nominate a deserving nurse. 

 

Award Requirements

  • Nominees must be a current AANN member
  • Peer or colleague nominations are accepted.
  • No self-nominations.
  • All award prizes are non-transferable.
    If you are already receiving complimentary registration from your involvement as a Past President or service on another committee, your award of complimentary registration is non-transferable.
  • Award nominations will be accepted through Friday, October 30, 2020.
  • Nomination forms can be sent to Allison Begezda, AANN Senior Marketing Manager, at abegezda@aann.org.

Awards are presented each year at the Annual Meeting. Award winners receive free registration to the Annual Meeting and an award stipend to assist with travel expenses. The Outstanding Chapter winner receives a $500 prize. All award prizes are non-transferable.

Award Categories

Rising Star in Clinical Practice Award

This award recognizes excellence in clinical practice for an emerging neuroscience nurse in the novice to competent stage of career development, and is open to all AANN members with 1–3 years' experience in neuroscience nursing. Nominees for this award demonstrate their commitment to neuroscience nursing through a high standard of practice and professionalism, knowledge of neuroscience and neuroscience patient, and a caring approach to patients.

DOWNLOAD THE RISING STAR IN CLINICAL PRACTICE APPLICATION

Excellence in Clinical Patient Care Award

This award is to recognize excellence in clinical practice for a nurse caring for the neuroscience patient in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. This award recognizes the potential of a nurse in the competent to expert stage of career development.

DOWNLOAD THE EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL PATIENT CARE APPLICATION

Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award

The Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award is awarded to a neuroscience nurse in an advanced practice role. Nominees for the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award demonstrate excellence in nursing care and advancement of neuroscience nursing as a specialty through the development and support of nurses. This award is open to all AANN RN members practicing in an Advanced Practice role in neuroscience nursing. Advanced Practice role as defined by ANA includes the roles of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Midwife, and Nurse Anesthetist.

DOWNLOAD THE EXCELLENCE IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING APPLICATION

Excellence in Neuroscience Education Award

The recipient of the Excellence in Neuroscience Education Award demonstrates excellence in neuroscience nursing through contributions that inspire, develop, and support nurses in the provision of care to neuroscience patients. This award is open to all AANN RN members providing education related to neuroscience nursing including Clinical Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Academic Faculty, and Staff Nurses. Nominees for the Excellence in Neuroscience Education Award may not be considered for other AANN awards concurrently.

DOWNLOAD THE EXCELLENCE IN NEUROSCIENCE EDUCATION APPLICATION

Mary Decker Mentorship Award

This award, open to all AANN members, annually recognizes a neuroscience nurse for modeling excellence and mentoring other neuroscience nurses. Mary Decker exemplified excellence in mentorship through her work as a staff nurse, nurse practitioner, and member of the Hydrocephalus Association, Medical Advisory Board. As one of the first neuroscience PNPs in the country, her passion and commitment for mentoring was demonstrated as she guided both novices and experienced nurses.

DOWNLOAD THE MARY DECKER MENTORSHIP APPLICATION

Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding chapters that support and advance the activities of AANN. This award is given in acknowledgment of chapter innovation that contributes to neuroscience nursing evidenced by development and implementation of innovative projects. Activities may be in the areas of education, health promotion, or other areas identified as a need by the chapter.

DOWNLOAD THE OUTSTANDING CHAPTER APPLICATION

2020 Award Winners

JNN Writing Excellence Award

Joanne V. Hickey, PhD RN FAAN FCCM

JNN Writing Excellence Joanne Hickey WEB 

JNN Novice Writer Award

Rosemary Catherine Olivier, MSN CNL CCRN SCRN 

JNN Novice Writer Rosemary Olivier Photo 

Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing

Malissa Mulkey, MSN APRN CCNS CCRN CNRN

Excellence in Advanced Practice Malissa Mulkey WEB 

Excellence in Clinical Patient Care

Marilyn Reed, BSN RN CNRN

Clinical Patient Care Marilyn Reed 

Excellence in Neuroscience Education

Daphny Peneza, MSN RN CNOR CSSM TNCC

Excellence in Neuro Edu Daphny Peneza WEB 

Rising Star in Clinical Practice

Sarah Walker, RN BSN CCRN

Rising Star Sarah Walker 

Mary Decker Mentorship

Patricia Zrelak, PhD RN FAHA NEA-BC CNRN SCRN PHN

Mary Decker Mentorship Pat Zrelak 

Outstanding Chapter

Tampa Bay Chapter

Tampa Bay Chapter 2 WEB

ABNN Certificant of the Year

Jennifer Coffman, JD MSN APRN CPNP-AC CNRN

CoffmanJennifer WEB