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ANCC Announces 2016 HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein Award Winner: Deputy United States Surgeon General Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams

SILVER SPRING, MD — Deputy U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein Award today from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for her outstanding commitment to advancing standards of excellence in nursing health care around the globe.

"Rear Admiral Trent-Adams' passion for nursing and extensive background as a nurse executive and researcher, along with her clinical experiences in trauma, oncology, community health and infectious disease has been invaluable in forging domestic and international partnerships that have improved nursing and health care globally. In recognition of her significant accomplishments, we are pleased to honor Rear Admiral Trent-Adams with this prestigious award," said ANCC President Patricia Reid Ponte, DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

As deputy U.S. surgeon general, Rear Admiral Trent-Adams advises and supports the surgeon general on U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps operations and communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. Previously, she served as the chief nurse officer of the USPHS. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

Rear Admiral Trent-Adams is known for her work in West Africa where she led the Commissioned Corps response to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. She served as the commanding officer for Team One, which staffed and managed a 25-bed field hospital for health care workers possibly infected with Ebola. The team's objective was to provide care for the health care workers, so they could care for the people in the region who had the disease. Additionally, she was appointed as an expert group member to guide the World Health Organization (WHO) High-Level Commission for Health Employment and Economic Growth.

The HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein Award recognizes significant contributions to health care across borders and a dedication to nursing. It is named for Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan, and represents her deep commitment to the advancement of nursing in Jordan and around the globe. With a focus on education, scholarship, ongoing training and professional development, HRH Princess Muna champions nursing and strengthens the health care workforce worldwide.

About ANCC
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development and delivery of global credentialing services and support products for nurses and health care organizations. For more information, visit

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