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Circle of Excellence Awards T he Circle of Excellence awards recognize up to 25 individuals who exemplify excellence and innovation in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Award recipients — who must be active AACN members and nominated by a colleague who is also an AACN member — join past awardees in the Circle of Excellence Society. The nominating colleague attests to the nominee’s achievements in exemplifying the award criteria, namely: and meaningful recognition driven excellence Marian Altman Clinical Nurse Specialist Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Richmond, Va. Marian Altman has b been an influential leader f for many years at Virginia C Commonwealth University H Health System (VCUHS). And with national AACN, she has served in many capacities as a volunteer — Board of Directors as director and treasurer, Nominating Committee, Membership Advisory Team, Advanced Pract Practice Advisory Group, NTI Work Group and facilitator for the Staff Nurse Task Force and Ambassador Summit. Recently, Altman’s passion for certification led her to convene a task force at VCUHS. The group focused on improving certification rates and meaningful recognition for certified nurses. The health system has formalized recognition to include a certification celebration with an awards presentation. Altman also has presented and published locally and nationally on certification. Beniga has embodied AACN’s mission and values through her commitment to nursing excellence. She demonstrates her leadership through involvement as an educator to her peers, a researcher who seeks evidence to improve neuroscience care and an advocate who promotes patient-driven excellence. As an educator, Beniga shares her passion and expertise on the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury in forums that range from unit-based peer education to poster presentations at national and international conferences. In addition, ongoing bedside practice helps her to continually evaluate the changing needs of patients and their families as a foundation for her leadership at The Q p Queen’s Medical Center and beyond. Cheri S. Blevins Clinical Nurse Specialist University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, Va. Juliet G. Beniga Clinical Staff Nurse IV, Neuroscience ICU The Queen’s Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii During her 15-year career in critical care, Juliet 14 MAY 2012 Following graduate school in 2009, Cheri Blevins became CCNS-certified and took on the role of medical ICU clinical nurse specialist at the University of Virginia. Already a seasoned clinician, she focused on he patient care improvements through implementation of current evidence. Blevins is active in evidence-based initiatives that improve patient outcomes, including MICU-specific and hospital-wide initiatives. She chaired the hospital’s Critical Care Collaborative Work Group, which was charged with preventing ventilatorassociated pneumonia among critically ill patients. She also serves on the work group’s critical care subcommittee. One of Blevins’s most notable accomplishments has been to ensure patients are routinely assessed for delirium and that seda-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - May 2012

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Your NTI Checklist
AACN, Case Western Reserve University Announce Innovative DNP, PhD Collaboration
Patients at End of ICU Rounds Receive Less Face Time
Medical Panel Members Have Conflicts of Interest
Adverse Events Unreported
Penn Nursing Study: Nurse Burnout a Worldwide Problem
Low-Cost Changes to Nurses' Work Environment Also Benefit Patients
Hospital Workers Reluctant to Report Medical Errors
Flame of Excellence Awards
Circle of Excellence Awards
UTI Prevention Lower Priority Than Other HAIs
Children at Higher Risk for Infection in Intensive Care
Cameras, Feedback: Effective Tools to Enforce Hand Washing
In Our Journals
More Coronary Events Associated With Dabigatran
Certification Capsules
Publishing-related Events at NTI
Stay Connected at NTI
From the President

Bold Voices - May 2012