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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently awarded 14 nurses from across the United States with the Circle of Excellence award. These nurses will be honored during AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Orlando, Florida, later this month.

NTI was founded in 1974 and is the largest educational conference and trade show for acute and critical care nurses. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners are among NTI’s annual attendees.

The Circle of Excellence award candidates are evaluated on several factors, including their promotion of patient-driven excellence, communication skills, collaboration, effective decision making, and ability to address challenges and remove barriers to excellent patient care.

“These healthcare professionals exemplify why AACN is a community of exceptional nurses. Their efforts are transforming healthcare and shaping the future of nursing practice within their units, in the classroom, and throughout their organizations and their communities,” AACN President Lisa Riggs, MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN-K, shared with the AACN Newsroom. “Circle of Excellence recipients use their voice, skills and knowledge to ensure that every patient gets the excellent care they deserve and that every nurse has the tools and the skills they need to provide that care.”

The award supports the AACN’s mission to create healthcare systems designed around the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses can help the most. The Circle of Excellence award also recognizes talents in shifting nursing profession trends and work environments, which helps AACN in their mission to design the best healthcare systems for patients and nurses. Awardees will receive a plaque and $1000 honorarium to attend NTI May 20-23. These rewards are supported by grants from Elsevier and Dale Medical.

The 2019 AACN Circle of Excellence award recipients are listed here. For more information about AACN, click here. For more information about NTI, click here.

Lily Miller
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