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ANCC Announces 2019 National Magnet Nurse Of The Year® Award Winners

SILVER SPRING, MD—The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) today announced the recipients of the 2019 National Magnet Nurse of the Year® Award.

The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses to innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk taking. Awards are presented in each of the five Magnet® Model components: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes. The 2019 award winners were recognized at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Orlando. This year’s recipients are:

Transformational Leadership. Melissa Fadipe, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

A nurse practitioner at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Fadipe leads multiple initiatives to improve care for Veterans living with epilepsy. Her innovative “You Are Not Alone” program has helped remove the stigma associated with epilepsy, reduced emergency visits, and improved Veterans’ quality of life. At the Epilepsy Center of Excellence, she developed evidence-based care modules to guide her fellow nurses. Fadipe shares her expertise with Veterans Health Administration colleagues around the country, partnering with nurses, physicians, and clinicians to standardize epilepsy care and nursing practice.

Structural Empowerment. Carol Schober-Flores, BSN, RN, CWS, DAPWCA

Schober-Flores is a clinical wound specialist at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO. Her groundbreaking work in the care of children with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) has improved wound healing outcomes for patients around the world. EB is a rare genetic disorder that causes fragile, blistering skin and requires lifelong, complex treatment. Schober-Flores developed and disseminated standards of practice that have transformed the delivery of safe and effective care, and continues to educate and advocate for better products and treatment methodologies.

Exemplary Professional Practice*. Stephani Stancil, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

*Sponsored by EBSCO Health

Dr. Stancil is a nurse practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, where she serves as the sole provider in an innovative clinic that cares for disadvantaged teens. She integrates research, evidence-based practice and novel strategies to influence care delivery of adolescent medicine, and promote health and wellness with a holistic approach. Through her collaborative work with clinical pharmacology, Dr. Stancil led the implementation of pharmacogenomic testing in adolescent medicine, expanding clinical information to guide selection of the most effective treatments and improve patient outcomes.

New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements. Christa Bedford-Mu, MSN, CNS, RN, CCRN

A neonatal clinical nurse specialist at UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, Christa Bedford-Mu uses innovative telehealth interventions to support families in rural and underserved communities. She educates parents of complex infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), partners with rural pediatricians and health centers to ensure follow-up care, and leads the “video visit” program, providing families with impactful telemedicine services after NICU-to-home discharge. This intensive communication has improved outcomes for NICU families, including earlier discharge, reduced readmission rates, and higher parental and provider satisfaction.

Empirical Outcomes. Kristen Boettcher, BSN, RN, CCRN 

Boettcher is an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at UC Health Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO, where she developed standardized processes to dramatically improve care of marginalized patients going through alcohol withdrawal. In collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists, and clinical nurse specialists, Boettcher created uniform treatment protocols that resulted in earlier patient transfer from the ICU, lower intubation rates, and a 40 percent decline in mortality. Her groundbreaking protocol is now being adopted across the entire UC Health system.


About the Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on the Magnet® designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

About ANCC
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to promote excellence in nursing and healthcare globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition to practice programs and prepares nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

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