AANN Awards Program
The call for nominations closed on Friday, October 30, 2020.
Please 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.
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2020 Award Winners
JNN Writing Excellence Award
Joanne V. Hickey, PhD RN FAAN FCCM
JNN Novice Writer Award
Rosemary Catherine Olivier, MSN CNL CCRN SCRN
Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing
Malissa Mulkey, MSN APRN CCNS CCRN CNRN
Excellence in Clinical Patient Care
Marilyn Reed, BSN RN CNRN
Excellence in Neuroscience Education
Daphny Peneza, MSN RN CNOR CSSM TNCC
Rising Star in Clinical Practice
Sarah Walker, RN BSN CCRN
Mary Decker Mentorship
Patricia Zrelak, PhD RN FAHA NEA-BC CNRN SCRN PHN
Tampa Bay Chapter
ABNN Certificant of the Year
Jennifer Coffman, JD MSN APRN CPNP-AC CNRN