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ANCC Certified Nurse Awards

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) congratulates the winners of the Certified Nurse Award. This year's winners demonstrate the value and impact that specialty certification has on nursing practice and patient outcomes. They demonstrate that, through certification, they can provide superior care to their patients and become even greater assets to the healthcare organizations at which they work. They continue to contribute to the advancement of nursing in their specialty areas through innovation, collaboration, leadership and professional risk-taking, and patient-centered care.

 

2019 Certified Nurse Award winners

Ahnyel Jones-Burkes

MSN, RN-BC

Medical-Surgical Nursing

Ahnyel Jones-Burkes, a student pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Chamberlain University, was recently promoted to assist in the creation of a clinical pathway for the health system. She also serves as the Director of Leadership and Professional Development on the Louisiana State Nurses Association’s Board.

Alyson J. Breisch

MSN, RN-BC

Faith Community Nursing

Alyson Breisch, a nationally recognized consultant, educator, and mentor, achieved certification in Faith Community Nursing in 2015. She is lead editor for Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice , second and third editions, as well as Co-chair of North Carolina Nurses Association FCN Council.

Amanda Kidd

MSN, RN, ACNPC-AG, NEA-BC, CCRN-K

Nurse Executive-Advanced

Amanda Kidd, a University of Virginia graduate, is a Quality and Transformations Administrator at Carilion Clinic and a Nursing Leadership Institute of Virginia fellow currently pursuing her doctorate. As a transformational leader, she has facilitated several large initiatives to promote patient-centered care.

Andrea Petrovanie

MSN, RN-BC

Ambulatory Care Nursing

Captain Andrea Petrovanie, board certified for more than 20 years and a Wagner College graduate, is the Senior Nurse Officer, Directorate for Branch Clinics, Naval Medical Center San Diego. She joined the Navy in 1991 and is a member of the Nominating Committee of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.

Crystal Barker

MS, RN-BC, PHN, CRRN

Nursing Case Management

Crystal Barker has been passionately serving veterans at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center for 27 years. Currently she serves in the inpatient acute rehabilitation unit as Case Manager, touching lives and mentoring many.

Deborah M. Conley

MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist

Deborah Marks Conley, a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist and Director of Geriatrics at Methodist Hospital, empowers nurses to achieve gerontological certification. During her 42-year career, she has influenced nursing practice and improved patient outcomes by implementing and sustaining geriatrics models of care.

Deborah Parris

DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dr. Deborah Parris, a dedicated and enthusiastic professional with more than 20 years of experience in caring for pediatric patients and their families and advancing the profession of nursing, is committed to the implementation of evidence-based practice and mentoring. She utilizes her knowledge and skills to advance clinical practice.

Denise Evans Ward

DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Denise Ward is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah College of Nursing and is the Director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She has 30-plus years of working in emergency and critical care medicine, flight nursing, and family practice.

Dolores Elliott

MSN, BA, RN, PMHCNS-BC, APRN-PMH

Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dolores Elliott, nationally recognized for her contributions in alcohol addiction, is an Advance Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Oncology and Critical Care Service, NIH. She has a long history of supporting vulnerable, underserved populations by working in inner-city hospitals.

Elizabeth Gondek

PhD, RN-BC

Informatics Nursing

Dr. Elizabeth Gondek, ANCC certified in Informatics Nursing, is a leader in EHR implementations, strategic initiatives, and optimization, and is an Adjunct Faculty member teaching nursing informatics. She is an experienced Perioperative Staff Nurse, Orthopaedic Nursing and Patient Services Director, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, ANIA.

Elizabeth L.M. Miller

BSN, RN-BC

Community Health Nursing

Elizabeth Miller’s career is focused on educating and caring for underserved populations and mentoring early care and education program staff in the US and South Africa. She is an independently contracted nurse, honored to provide high-quality and diverse education.

Geraldine Collins-Bride

MS, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Geraldine Collins-Bride, a Professor at UCSF School of Nursing, teaching NP students since 1992, is a primary care provider specializing in care for adults with developmental disabilities, including medically complex patients. She directs a nursing faculty practice focusing on primary care outreach for people with serious mental illness.

Jennifer Clifton

DNP, FNP-BC, CNE, CCHP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Jennifer Clifton is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing. For the past 14 years, she has cared for youth in Utah’s juvenile justice system (JJS). Dr. Clifton is an advocate for at-risk youth, both inside and outside the JJS.

Joanne S. Goldstein

DNP, RN, APNC, APHN-BC, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan)

Dr. Joanne Sherman Goldstein is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. As a clinician, educator, consultant, author, and entrepreneur, she believes that earning her nursing credentials provided the bedrock for her many contributions.

JoEllen Schimmels

DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC

Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Lt. Colonel Dr. JoEllen Schimmels is the Program Director for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the Uniformed Services University and has been on active duty in the Army for more than 20 years. She is also the Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for behavioral health nursing.

Judi E. Brungs

BSN, RN-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Judi E. Brungs is the Project Manager of the Behavioral Assistance Response Team, an innovative program that teaches non-psychiatric nursing staff de-escalation skills. She also manages a pioneering program that cares for substance use disorder patients requiring long-term inpatient IV antibiotic therapy.

Katherine Davis

MS, AGACNP-BC, AFN-BC, EMT

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Katherine Davis is the Head of Clinical Operations at Call9, an innovative healthcare technology company specializing in emergency and palliative care medicine. Davis has spent more than 15 years relentlessly pursuing opportunities to improve patient care and building systems and teams that effect change.

Kathy Meloche

BSN, RN-BC

Pain Management Nursing

Kathy Meloche, the Pain Management Coordinator at Harper University Hospital for 22 years, advocates for education as the best analgesic . As a leading pain expert and resource, she is a true ambassador for pain management education. Kathy’s commitment to pain management extends to her license plate, which reads “PAINFREE.”

Kelley M. Rieger

MSN, BS, RN, PNP-BC

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Kelley Muldoon Rieger, a PNP for 20 years, received her RN and MSN from Yale University. She is the COO of Show Me Your Stethoscope, a nursing organization with over 650,000 members, focused on empowering a nation of nurses to improve healthcare.

Launette Woolforde

EdD, DNP, RN-BC

Nursing Professional Development

Dr. Launette Woolforde exemplifies NPD as a lifelong learner, as author of the NPD Scope and Standards , and in the many ways she advocates for nursing and NPD at Northwell Health and across the nation. She has created pathways for more than 16,000 nurses to achieve certification and transform their professional practice outcomes.

Lisa Adamek

MS, RN, GNP-BC

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Lisa Adamek is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner who pioneered a house call program at Mercy Medical Group in Sacramento, California. As a passionate servant leader and committed mentor for more than 16 years, her empathy and grit set the standard for delivering care to vulnerable seniors.

Marjorie McCullagh

PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN

Advanced Public Health Nursing

Dr. Marjorie McCullagh is a Professor and Director of the Occupational Health Nursing Program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her work as a board-certified advanced public health nurse and certified occupational health nurse-specialist focuses on the prevention of adverse health effects of noise exposure.

Melissa H. King

DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-BC

Emergency Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Melissa King has 20-plus years of providing high- quality care to patients, including involvement in disaster responses. She serves as Chief Clinical Officer for eMD Telehealth Solutions, President of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, and Southeast Regional Director for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.

Michael Petty

PhD, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCNS

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dr. Michael Petty is the Cardiothoracic CNS at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. His work focuses on the care of patients with heart and lung disease. His research focuses on the impact of interventions for heart and lung disease on family caregivers.

Sandra Mintz

MSN, RN-BC

Rheumatology Nursing

Sandra Mintz is a Nurse Care Manager at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Division of Rheumatology. As a clinician, educator, researcher, and patient advocate, she is responsible for the coordination of care across the healthcare continuum for pediatric patients living with rheumatic diseases.

Shannon Morris

BSN, RN-BC, PHN

Pediatric Nursing

Shannon Morris has worked as an RN at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital for six years in both the Critical Care Float Pool and most recently in the Pediatric Emergency Department. She is also a Pediatric Nurse Lead on the Special Pathogens Unit at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Sharon Farra

PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, NHDP-BC

National Healthcare Disaster Professional

Dr. Sharon Farra is an Associate Professor at Wright State University and Director of the National Disaster Health Course. She is a funded researcher of disaster training. She also serves with the American Red Cross nursing leadership.

Trisha L. Deason

MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Nurse Executive

Trisha Deason is a Nurse Manager at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, where she provides leadership oversight for inpatient hem/onc, inpatient dialysis, infusion centers inhospital and clinic-based settings, vascular access nurse specialists, and a nurse-led bone marrow biopsy team.

Wendy Herrera

BSN, RN-BC

Cardiac-Vascular Nursing

Wendy Herrera is the RN Lead Coordinator for the Cardiac Cath Lab at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Virginia. She has presented radiation reduction quality improvements to the 2018 Virginia Patient Safety Summit and for Cath Lab Accreditation by the ACC.

2018 Certified Nurse Award winners

Nancy Birtley

DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Susan Bohnenkamp

MS, ACNS-BC, CCM

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Anita Briscoe

MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Stephanie Chalupka

EdD, PHCNS-BC, FAAOHN, FNAP

Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Maj. Carla Cox

MSN, PCNS-BC

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Candis Douglass

MBA, RN-BC

Informatics Nursing

Shermel Edwards-Maddox

MSN, RN-BC

Medical-Surgical Nursing

Erica Frechman

MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, NEA-BC

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Jonathan Gapilango

MSN, OCN, CCRP, NE-BC

Nurse Executive

Melissa Geist

EdD, CNE, PPCNP-BC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Sherri Gunasekera

MSN, MHA, RN-BC

Gerontology Nursing

Kathleen Keenan

MSN, ANP-BC

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Ruth Kleinpell

PhD, AGACNP-BC, FAAN, FCCM

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Cheryl Levinson

RN-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Susan Haynes Little

DNP, PHNA-BC

Advanced Public Health Nursing

Derenda Farmenr Lovelace

MSN, RN-BC

Nursing Case Management

Suzanne Mahon

DNSc, AGN-BC

Advanced Genetics Nursing

Jennifer Meldau

MSN, CPNP, CPHON, RN-BC

Hemostasis Nursing

Lelia Moore

BSN, RN-BC

Faith Community Nursing

Jonas Nguh

PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Nurse Executive-Advanced

Donica O’Leary

MHA, BSN, RN-BC, NE-BC

Cardiac-Vascular Nursing

Jordan Elizabeth Pai Palimar

BSN, RN-BC

Medical-Surgical Nursing

Patricia Peschman

DNP, CNP, GNP-BC

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Mary Jo Scribner-Howard

MSN, RN-BC

Nursing Professional Development

Caroline Sutter

DNP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner

LCDR Abreail Dawn Tetzlaff

MSN, AGCNS-BC

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Steven Craig Thomas

MSN, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC, CHFN

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

LT. Keith Andrew West

BSN, RN-BC

Ambulatory Care Nursing

Betsy Woolf

BSN, RN-BC

Pain Management Nursing

2017 Certified Nurse Award Winners

Aaron Lee Santmyire
DNP, RN, FNP-BC 
Family Nurse Practitioner
Appalachian Spring Dermatology and Assemblies of God World Missions West Virginia
Charyl Bell-Gordon
DNP, RN, FNP-C, CEN, NEA-BC
Nurse Executive-Advanced
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, Baytown, TX
Heidi Temples 
PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC 
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Clemson University, School of Nursing, Clemson, SC
Hollie Gow
DNP, ARNP, ACNP-BC
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL
Iris Zink
RN, ANP, RN-BC 
Rheumatology Nursing
Lansing Rheumatology, East Lansing, MI
Jon Ann Watson
MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Medical Surgical Nursing
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, Baytown, TX
Katherine Eilers
MPH, MSN, RN, APHN-BC 
Advanced Public Health Nursing
Kitsap Public Health District, Bremerton, WA
Kathleen Lehmann
PhD, RN, RN-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital, Bedford, MA
Kathy Arthurs
PhD, MSN, RN, RN-BC, RNC-OB 
Nursing Professional Development
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, Baytown, TX
Kimberly Curtin
DNP, RN, ACNS-BC
Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Thoracic & Orthopaedic Center at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Leslie Hodges Jackson
DNP, RN-BC 
Nursing Case Management
William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center Columbia, SC
Linda Talley
MS, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Executive
Children’s National Health System, Washington, D.C
Mae Levante Dizon
DNP, RN, NP, ANP-BC 
Adult Nurse Practitioner
El Camino Hospital Mountain View, CA
Melanie Simpson
PhD, RN-BC, OCN, CHPN, CPE
Pain Management
The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
Michael Hasselberg
PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC 
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Michael LaFerney
PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Arboru Senior Care, Haverhill, MA

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