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ANCC Announces Recipients of the 2022 National Magnet Nurse of the Year® Awards

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SILVER SPRING, MD—The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) today announced the recipients of the 2022 National Magnet Nurse of the Year® Awards during the 2022 co-located ANCC National Magnet Conference® and ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Philadelphia.

The National Magnet Nurse of the Year® awards recognize the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses in each of the five Magnet® Model components: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes.  

Congratulations to the 2022 winners:

Transformational Leadership: Geri Narsete-Prevo, MSN, RN-HROB, CEFM

Geri Narsete-Prevo is a senior nurse leader in the Labor and Delivery (L&D) Unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. For more than 40 years, she has educated and trained interdisciplinary teams to improve care and outcomes for L&D patients, sharing her expertise with hospitals throughout the Chicago area. Her most recent initiative focused on reducing and mitigating massive blood loss (obstetric hemorrhage) during childbirth. Narsete-Prevo developed comprehensive, interdisciplinary education, drills, and protocols to prepare every team member for these emergent situations. As a result, the medical center has seen no hemorrhage-related mortalities in L&D for more than six years, and a steady drop in transfers to the ICU, demonstrating sustained improvement. Narsete-Prevo is a dedicated mentor, preceptor, and educator, always willing to glove up to teach and help. During her career she has precepted more than 20 nursing students and mentored more than 50 new nurses, impacting every member of the L&D nursing team. The Transformational Leadership award is sponsored by Penn Medicine.

Structural Empowerment: Kimberly Elgin, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, CMSRN

As leader of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) team at UVA Health in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Kimberly Elgin has worked to remove barriers and support top-of-license practice for advanced practice providers within and beyond UVA. She is recognized at the local, regional, and national levels for her efforts to optimize the role of CNS in health care organizations, improving outcomes for patients and families. Over the past two years, Dr. Elgin advocated for revision to Virginia state legislation which elevates CNS scope of practice in the Commonwealth. She leveraged subsequent regulatory amendments to better align UVA’s CNS practice with other advanced practice provider roles and revamp processes and structures that improve interprofessional collaboration. The UVA Health CNS team has led best-practice initiatives to reduce patient falls, pressure ulcers, and hospital-acquired infections.

Exemplary Professional Practice: Michele Santoro, BSN, RN

Michele Santoro is a clinical nurse in the Ambulatory Heart and Vascular Center at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). Over the past decade, she has pioneered innovative practice changes to improve cardiac patient outcomes around the world. Recognizing an opportunity to improve outcomes for cardiac device patients, Santoro pioneered an evidence-based skin preparation and surgical site management process. Additionally, Santoro developed a cardiac monitoring database that found potentially life-threatening arrhythmias in 47% of enrolled patients. In 45% of these patients, medical and surgical treatments were found to be necessary and implemented. Later, she identified a gap in follow-up among patients with remote cardiac monitoring devices and collaborated with the interprofessional team and vendors to implement a multi-faceted monitoring, scheduling, and tracking system. The result was zero patients lost to follow up in one year compared to the previous year when 2,100 patients were lost to follow up. In 2020, Santoro made a sweeping patient safety catch with international ramifications, identifying a dangerous gap in device monitoring with an external vendor. Patients around the world had been disconnected from the external platform after a software update. The external vendor recognized her for exceptional collegial collaboration and partnership. The Exemplary Professional Practice award is sponsored by EBSCO.

New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements: Andrew Greenway, MSN, RN, CCRN, ACCNS-AG

An exemplary researcher, innovator, and clinician/leader, Andrew Greenway is a clinical nurse specialist at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. For almost four decades, he has championed patient care innovations that integrate evidence into practice. Collaborating with a team of NYP ICU nurses, a rapid critical care training program was created for non-ICU nurses that was instrumental in helping the hospital cope with the influx of severely ill patients during New York’s COVID-19 peak surge in 2020. Greenway’s original research as principal investigator to identify early risk factors for skin failure among COVID-19 patients has improved and personalized care interventions. To improve care for pediatric burn patients, Greenway has published on the emerging novel multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and, with a team of collaborators, he partnered in creating and validating a pediatric burn-specific injury early warning score tool. Greenway is currently leading an interprofessional partnership to find common ground among social workers, therapists, physicians, chaplains, and nursing to identify synergistic palliative nursing care and spiritual interventions for surgical intensive care unit patients, while expanding access to hospice care. The New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements award is sponsored by HealthStream.

Empirical Outcomes: Anne Dye, DNP, NP-C, CSC

Dr. Anne Dye is the nurse practitioner for the Structural Heart Disease Clinic (SHDC) at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where her care coordination efforts have dramatically improved quality outcomes. Dr. Dye began the clinic with a physician partner in 2016, engaging hospital-wide teams to streamline pre-op testing for heart patients into a single day. She developed a frailty assessment that sends patients to a “prehab” program to improve functionality prior to surgery. Patients now recover faster with fewer complications. Her post-op follow-up model significantly reduced 90-day readmission rates for valvular heart disease patients and has since been replicated as a best practice across the OhioHealth system. In addition, length of stay, mortality, risk of permanent pacemaker, and other outcomes are among the best in the nation. SHDC’s success led to the creation of a separate Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Clinic, which provides same-day evaluation and support for Afib patients, reducing unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations.


About the American Nurses Credentialing Center
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, 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 and accredits transition-to-practice programs that prepare 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.

About the Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care 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 ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

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