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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses announces the recipients of its 2023 Pioneering Spirit Awards and the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career to be presented during the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) , May 22-24 in Philadelphia, with a virtual offering in mid-June.

Here are this year’s honorees:

  • The winner of the 2023 Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career is Therese Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and serves as its associate dean for research and innovation. She co-founded the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn over two decades ago, which is now the interdisciplinary Penn Injury Science Center, with involvement from all 12 Penn schools. She currently serves on the center’s executive committee and directs its research core.
  • Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, will receive an AACN Pioneering Spirit Award for his leadership and service to the nursing profession. He served as a two-term president of the American Nurses Association during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Brenda Pun, DNP, RN, and E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, from the Vanderbilt Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center, will also receive an AACN Pioneering Spirit Award in recognition of their collaborative work over more than 20 years, which  transformed the approach to sedation for ICU patients and demonstrated how delirium poses significant risks to patients during hospitalization and after hospital discharge.
  • Dallas Michelle Ducar, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNL, FAAN, and founding CEO of Transhealth, s also receiving an AACN Pioneering Spirit Award for her efforts to expand access to gender-affirming primary care, mental health services, and community healthcare.
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AACN announced the 15 nurses who will receive the 2023 AACN Circle of Excellence award, recognizing their solution-oriented approaches to challenges, including reducing healthcare-associated infection rates, improving the work environment, and helping their organizations and communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, the 2023 Distinguished Research Lecturer is Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing. She is an internationally recognized leader in nursing ethics, moral resilience, and workforce issues and a longtime contributor to groundbreaking work on these topics. She will present her lecture, “Transforming Moral Suffering by Cultivating Moral Resilience and Ethical Practice,” on May 22 at NTI.

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