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Flame of Excellence Awards T he AACN community believes outstanding members deserve recognition for their far-reaching contributions to patients, families and the profession they love. The Flame of Excellence and Circle of Excellence awards help provide this recognition. This year's honorees - all of them active AACN members - meet the criteria listed for the Circle of Excellence awards on the next page. The exceptional individuals shown on this page - all of whom have received at least one AACN award in the past - were selected unanimously by the board of directors to receive the Flame of Excellence award for consistently demonstrating at a high level and with broad reach the outcomes associated with the award criteria. The AACN community applauds these exceptional members. T Julie Stanik-Hutt t ik H tt Retired Longmeadow, Mass. Throughout her clinical career at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass., and other New England and California hospitals, Paula Lusardi focused relentlessly on patients, families and evidence-based practice innovations. Lusardi's unit at Baystate became one of the first to receive AACN's original Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence and among the first to receive the reframed Beacon Award for Excellence. She established a nursing research council and a climate of true interdisciplinary collaboration that infused evidence-based practice changes throughout the Baystate system. Praised as a master mentor and faculty adviser to countless students and doctoral candidates, Lusardi conducted research to expand evidence in issues ranging from delirium and pressure ulcers to nurse-physician collaboration and the impact of certification. In addition to AACN chapter activities, national task forces and work groups, she served on AACN's national board of directors and as a contributing editor for Critical Care Nurse. Reynaldo 'Rey' Rivera Director for Nursing Practice Innovations NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital New York Reynaldo "Rey" Rivera oversees evidence-based initiatives to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's multisite system. The Graduate Nurse Residency Program transitions new nurses into bedside leaders. It decreased attrition by 46 percent during the first year of his employment and received federal funding to develop mentored internship and residency programs for new nurse specialization. Innovative programs initiated while Rivera was president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America provide leadership development, mentoring, education and service to nurses in the U.S. and his native Philippines. The "go back and teach" program engages U.S.based Filipino nurses to share expertise with colleagues in their native country. Rivera says he "grew up" as an active local and regional AACN leader. He served as president of the New York City Chapter and as a chapter advisory team member. Associate Professor The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Baltimore A passionate champion for highquality nursing care, Julie Stanik-Hutt has devoted her career to improving the care of critically ill patients and their families. An adult acute care nurse practitioner and critical care clinical nurse specialist with an inpatient cardiology practice, as an associate professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, she coordinates the ACNP track and the CNS program. At the University of Maryland School of Nursing, she led creation of the ACNP track as the first ACNP on faculty. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, she started her nursing career at the Naval Hospital in Annapolis, Md. Stanik-Hutt frequently testifies on policy development in advanced practice nursing, education and regulation. Among her nearly 40 peer-reviewed publications is the landmark study "The Quality and Effectiveness of Care Provided by Nurse Practitioners: A Systematic Review of U.S. Research Studies, 1990 to 2009." 13 AACN BOLD VOICES MAY 2014 Paula Lusardi

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - May 2014

Another Angle
Pres Note Teaser: What Were We Thinking
Come for the Day. Learn for a Lifetime.
How AACN CSI Academy Changed My Practice
Healthcare Professionals Smoke Less Than General Population
Sleep-Deprived Nurses May Regret Clinical Decisions
Detecting Abuse When Kids Have Fractures
Effective Screening and Counseling for Alcohol Use
Most People Who Need Palliative Care Don’t Receive It
Interruptions Are Dangerous
AACN Community Steps Forward on Early Mobility
Awards
Satisfied and Engaged Staff Improve Patient Satisfaction
Involve Nurses When Developing Healthcare Technology
Nurses Concerned About Nursing’s Future
How Does This Year’s Flu Compare to Previous Trends?
Fewer Hospital Opportunities for Nursing Graduates
Excessive Crying as a Preemie, Behavioral Problems Later
Hand Amputees Can Feel Objects With New Prostheses
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
New Editions of ‘AACN Essentials’ Textbooks
New at NTI 2014: Editorial Consults
Call for Nominations: AACN Board, Nominating Committee
Experience a Wasatch Mountain High This Summer at REACH
Thrive at NTI: 10 Tips for the Best Experience
Letters
Transitions
President’s Note

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