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ANCC Honors Outstanding Clinicians with National Magnet Nurse of the Year Award®

The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) National Magnet Nurse of the Year® awards recognize the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk taking. Awards are presented in each of the five Magnet® Model components: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes. The 2013 award winners were recognized at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Orlando. ANCC thanks Diamond sponsors Kindred Healthcare, Lippincott Nursing Solutions, and Stryker Medical for their support of the Magnet Nurse of the Year awards. The winners are:

  • Transformational Leadership: Lisa Hartkopf Smith, MS, RN, CNS, AOCN, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH

In her 30 years as a hematology/oncology clinical nurse specialist, Lisa has driven the development of evidence-based practice, clinical guidelines, patient education, and online oncology courses at Riverside. A devoted patient advocate, she developed a unique, interactive chemotherapy kit that educates patients by showing them – rather than telling them – what to do. Her efforts to strengthen nursing certification in oncology resulted in a 27% increase in certification in just two years. She and her nurses helped shape Riverside's new cancer center to create a truly patient- and family-centered experience. Lisa is a mentor to hundreds of nurses and ignites their passion for improving oncology care. 

  • Structural Empowerment: Debra S. Holbrook, BSN, RN, SANE-A, FNE-A/P, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Debbie's perseverance and passion on behalf of forensic nursing has changed the way victims of sexual violence are cared for in the United States and around the world. Her advocacy led the federal government to mandate forensic nursing programs across the country and her care delivery model now defines national policy. In addition, her efforts have changed evidence collection methods and screening tools for patients globally. Debbie led research showing that forensic nurses who use an alternative light source can identify signs of strangulation that might otherwise be missed. She is committed to developing forensic nurses, and offers community courses to prepare RNs in this area.

  • Exemplary Professional Practice: Christopher Tod Brindle, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA

A nurse clinician on the Wound Care Team, Tod contributed in transformative ways to improve patient care quality. These contributions include a hospital-wide practice change to prevent pressure ulcers in the ICU, resulting in a reduction of Healthcare Acquired Pressure Ulcer (HAPU) rates from 8% to 2.4%; an evidence-based intervention for patients with hemodynamic instability; and groundbreaking techniques to enhance care of patients with fistula. His professional influence is felt locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

He has presented his work across the country in venues ranging from national conferences to major academic medical centers, and he was recently appointed to an international panel of experts to create guidelines for the use of dressings in pressure ulcer prevention.  

  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements: Samantha L. Weimer, BSN, RN, CCRN, University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), Aurora, CO

Samantha's translation of new knowledge into nursing practice has improved care and outcomes for frostbite and burn patients throughout her community. In the hospital, she led an inter-professional quality improvement team to develop a standardized protocol to treat patients with severe frostbite, which has saved 41 fingers and toes so far. In addition, she organized an initiative that reduced catheter-associated blood stream infections to zero, and created an innovative process to increase the skill set of nurses caring for burn patients. Outside the hospital, she has educated local EMS, fire departments, rural communities, and mountain resorts about beginning frostbite treatment hours before patients reach the hospital. 

  • Empirical Outcomes: Elizabeth Bradshaw-Mikula, MSN,RN,CPN, Children's National Medical Center, Heart Institute, Washington, DC

Elizabeth's innovative nursing practice has improved outcomes for newborns with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) across the globe. She conceived and led groundbreaking research demonstrating the feasibility of newborn screening for CCHD in the community hospital setting. She went on to develop a screening toolkit, which has been distributed to 1,140 healthcare organizations worldwide, and an educational website, which has received more than 5,000 visits. These materials led Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to recommend universal CCHD screening and so far, 32 states have passed legislation. Four countries are conducting CCHD screenings, and many more are considering implementation.

About the Magnet Recognition Program®
ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Organizations that achieve Magnet recognition are part of an esteemed group that demonstrates superior nursing practices and outcomes.

Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. U.S. News & World Report uses Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals in order to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties. In 2013, 15 of the 18 medical centers on the U.S. News Best Hospitals in America Honor Roll are ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations. In the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the nation's oldest survey comparing hospital performance in safety, quality, and efficiency, Magnet designation automatically earns full credit for Safe Practice #9 Nursing Workforce. This section of the survey scores hospitals on their commitment to staffing with highly trained nurses and putting nurses in leadership positions that afford them substantial input on patient safety issues.

About ANCC
ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. It recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials.
ANCC is the first and only healthcare certification organization in the United States to have successfully achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification.