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AANN Awards Program

The 2019 call for nominations will close on October 31, 2018.

Caught in the Moment 506 AANN 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston AwardsPlease 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.
  • Award nominations will be accepted through October 31, 2018.
  • 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.

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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

2018 Award Winners

JNN Writing Excellence Award

Megan Moyer, MSN ACNP-BC CNRN

 WEB Megan Moyer JNN Writing Excellence

 JNN Novice Writer Award

Jennifer Wessol, BSN RN CNRN CCRN-CMC

WEB Jennifer Wessol JNN Novice Writer 

Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing

Stacie Crain, MSN FNP-BC

WEB Stacie Crain Advanced Practice 

Excellence in Clinical Patient Care

Laura Boger, RN BSN SCRN

WEB Laura Boger Clinical Patient Care 

Excellence in Neuroscience Education

Hilaire Thompson, PhD ARNP CNRN AGACNP-BC FAAN

WEB Hilaire Thompson Neuro Education 

Rising Star in Clinical Practice

Sydney Trotter, RN BSN

WEB Sydney Trotter Rising Star 4 

Mary Decker Mentorship

May Casazza, MSN ACPCP CNRN

WEB May Casazza Mary Decker 

Outstanding Chapter

Peachtree Atlanta Chapter

WEB Lori Webb Outstanding Chapter 2 

ABNN Certificant of the Year

Polly Brune, BSN RN CNRN

WEB Polly Brune ABNN Cert of Year 4 

Friend of ABNN Award

Women’s Board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation

Award accepted by Juanita Francis

WEB Nita Friend of ABNN