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Rachel D Malloy MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, ANVP

Raytown, MO


  • Stroke Fellowship Program: Neurovascular Education and Training in Stroke Management and Acute Reperfusion Therapy. 2014 - Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Education Focus, 2009 Research - College of Nursing, Kansas City, MO
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1997 - Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO


  • Academic Honors and Awards:
    Research College of Nursing
    Graduate Program
    Academic Achievement Award
    Cumulative Grade Point Average 4.0
  • Professional Honors and Awards:
    2015 – ABNN Certificant of the Year Award
    2014 – Integra Clinical Specialist of the Year
    2013 – Integra Clinical Specialist of the Year

Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:

My vision for neuroscience nursing is one of collaboration and professionalism. I believe neuroscience nurses should be considered experts in their field. Decisions that impact patient care, protocol development and legislative initiatives require our partnership with all health care providers and institutions to incorporate the neuroscience nursing perspective. I envision neuroscience nurses as a recognized professional independent of their employer and believe this is possible through AANN’s professional growth and leadership opportunities. Neuroscience nurses can use research to create evidence based practice and advocacy to change national policy to improve patient management for the greater good of our communities. The collective efforts of individual members will be the instrument for neuroscience nurses to be recognized as the leaders in their field.

Vision for the Association:

My vision is for AANN to be synonymous with neuroscience nursing. I see AANN as an organization that provides meaning to the neuroscience community and connects like-minded nurses with each other. I see AANN providing the framework for nursing engagement; a place to energize our profession. From Novice to Export, AANN is the organization to promote professional growth and provide mentorship opportunities along the way.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions:

In 2010 I was first introduced to professional certification through the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurses (CNRN) exam. Not only did I want to take this test I wanted others to become certified with me. I took the initiative to develop a curriculum and scheduled study sessions and in the first year 12 nurses became certified with me. The effort toward certification grew with 26 nurses being certified in 2011/2012. In 2012 the institution won honorable mention from ABNS for having 28% percent of direct care nurses and nurse managers certified in neuro-speciality which was higher than the average of the hospital as a whole. Because of these efforts the hospital has made many changes including a “Certified Nurses Day” to celebrate and recognize certified nurses, plaques displaying names of certification RN’s and certification credentials were added to name badges. I received the American Board of Neuroscience Nurses Certificant of the Year Award for my commitment to certification in 2015.
Additionally, I received the Integra Clinical Specialist of the Year award in both 2013 and 2014 for my work with hospitals across the country providing neuroscience education.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:

 I feel fortunate to have had strong, encouraging mentors through my career. Their support led me to make the decision to run for a leadership position in local professional organizations. I sat on the Board of Directors for Sigma Theta Tau Upsilon Tau Chapter for 4 years as Activity Chair then as Secretary. For the past four years I have been President Elect and President of the MoKan Blues AANN Chapter; the 2014 recipient of Outstanding Chapter of the Year. I served two years on the AANN New Products Committee and in the past two years have been the AANN Chapter Co-Facilitator and now Facilitator.  I believe the leadership positions I have held on local Board of Directors and National Committees have helped to prepare me for a position as Director at Large for AANN.

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