Lori Kennedy Madden,PhD RN ACNP-BC CCRN CNRN

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Sacramento, CA


University of California Davis, PhD (2010 – 2014)
UCSF, Post-masters’ Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate (1997 – 1998); UCSF, MS (1995 – 1997)
University of San Francisco, BSN (1990 – 1992)
UCLA (1987-1990).


Neurocritical Care Society Presidential Citation (2017); Leadership Education and Policy Development Fellow, UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Washington, D.C. (2013); Agnes Marshall Award Nominee, acknowledging the Best Paper at the meeting, 11th Quadrennial Congress, WFNN, Gifu, Japan (2013); National Institute of Nursing Research Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (F31), National Institutes of Health (2012-2014); Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Doctoral Scholar (2010-2014); AANN Excellence in Clinical Practice (2009); Adam Williams Initiative grant award for the UC Davis Medical Center (2008); UC Davis Health System Ambulatory Care Administration, Excellence in Customer Service (2000); UC Davis Health System Ambulatory Care Administration Certificate of Recognition (1999); UCSF School of Nursing Department of Physiological Nursing, Barbara Reed Scholarship (1996-1997); UC Davis Medical Center, Center for Nursing Research, Research Grant (1995); UC Davis Medical Center CARE Award Recognizing Excellence in Nursing (1994); University of San Francisco School of Nursing Scholarship (1991-1992); Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship (1991-1992);

Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:

As healthcare evolves, neuroscience nurses are empowered to play a greater role in defining how care is delivered, the role of the nursing workforce, and improving both patient experiences and quality of care. Nurses have always been advocates in assuring that patients are prioritized in healthcare, coordinating care for individuals whether in the hospital, the clinic, or the community. Whether caring for critically ill or injured neuroscience patients, individuals requiring hospitalization for neurological conditions or procedures, or persons in the clinic or community, our mission is to address the dynamic needs of our neuroscience patients and their families.

It is great to see that nurses are more frequently serving as full and essential partners on interdisciplinary health care teams. Neuroscience nurses across all levels of practice and preparation in the clinical arena, research setting, classroom, and community are addressing the variety of needs for quality neuroscience nursing care, research and education. I envision neuroscience nurses to clearly establish the central value of the neuroscience nurse in the interdisciplinary neuroscience team across the varied settings of our diverse practices. Neuroscience nurses are ideally suited to investigate the complex nature of neurological illness and injury with the aim of evidence-based care to prevent illness and injury and to optimize recovery. I aim to showcase and support the variety of neuroscience nurses accomplishments that improve our patients’ quality of care and recovery from their neurological injuries and illnesses.

Vision for the Association:

I envision AANN to continue demonstrating our role as the leading authority in neuroscience
nursing, inspire passion and engagement in nurses, and defining and establishing the future of our specialty. This is carried out in the many ways in which the organization is already committed. Educational offerings should be offered to address the variety of skill levels, educational needs, and arenas of practice where neuroscience nurses engage. Beyond these complexities, we are charged to address the variety of ways in which individuals learn and relate. The organization has made efforts to connect with members via multiple formats – an assortment of print and electronic media, social platforms, Internet, and national and chapter meetings. Continued awareness of high impact approaches to engaging with members and potential members are key. Collaboration with mission-similar organizations is a potential area of opportunity to provide further yield to members and advance efforts to make impacts in education, research, advocacy, and most importantly in high quality evidence-based patient care.

Organizational transparency is critical to the stewardship that AANN provides. Clear demonstration of a group ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources should be evidenced in all organizational relationships and decision-making. Infrastructure and programming that connects members with the organization and all of its resources – whether content available to members, peers with whom to network, or mentors from whom to learn and be inspired – is part of what I value as a member and aim to continue to support if selected to lead our organization.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions:

In the early 1990s, I began work as a new RN in the Neurosurgical ICU at the University of California Davis (UCD) Medical Center (UCDMC). From that time, I have loved neuroscience nursing. I later studied critical care/trauma and was in the first cohort of acute care NP students at UCSF, returning to UCDMC as an NP in Neurological Surgery, establishing the role of NPs in the ICU at UCD. I have enjoyed teaching as an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing. I also worked on clinical research studies and was a co-investigator of an NIH-funded SAH study. My practice has spanned across neurosurgery inpatient and clinic settings.

In 2010, I returned to school to pursue a PhD to answer my own clinical questions and was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship (F31) from NIH at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UCD. I focused on body temperature in the acute period after moderate and severe TBI and factors that influence neurologic outcome, along with validation of the IMPACT model for outcome prediction after TBI.

After completing my PhD, I worked at UCSF as a Clinical Nurse Researcher, collaborating in variety of approaches to clinical inquiry and EBP with nurses in a range of clinical settings. Last year, I returned “home” to UCD, as the director of the Center for Nursing Science. Since my return, I’ve launched two new fellowships for nurses in EBP and Research, as well as multiple resources to support nurses at the institution.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:

I have been active in neuroscience nursing, contributing as a chapter editor and author in the AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing. I also led a task force for AANN to evaluate the organization’s progress related to the IOM Future of Nursing Report publishing the groups findings in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. I was on the task force that updated the Scope and Standards for Neuroscience Nursing and more recently have been a part of the new AANN Clinical Science Committee. Work as a volunteer in the AANN Advocacy Committee contributed toward my successful application for a Leadership, Education and Policy fellowship offered by UC Davis in Washington DC.

Within my institution, I mentor nurses regarding research and EBP, as well as in leadership and role development. Outside of AANN and my institution, I’ve led an interdisciplinary group for the Neurocritical Care Society in developing Guidelines for Targeted Temperature Management in Neurocritical Care. Currently, I am one of the co-chairpersons of the Neurocritical Care Society Guidelines Committee and serve as course director for the Neurocritical Care Society Advanced Practice Providers workshop that will occur in conjunction with the 2018 NCS Annual Meeting. I previously served as a trustee and president of the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing and was more recently the founding president of the Agnes Marshall Walker Foundation. Currently, I serve as a director at large for the AANN Board of Directors. I have enjoyed serving the members of AANN and am hopeful to do so in a larger leadership role, should I be selected.

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