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ANCC Announces Recipients of the 2023 National Magnet Nurse of the Year® Awards


SILVER SPRING, MD—Today the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced the recipients of the 2023 National Magnet Nurse of the Year® Awards during the 2023 co-located ANCC National Magnet Conference® and ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Chicago.

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 2023 winners:

Transformational Leadership: Rachel McFadden, BA, BSN, RN, CEN
Rachel McFadden is a clinical nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) who inspires through her leadership style and connections within the local community she serves. She has more than a decade of experience advocating for people who suffer from substance use disorder (SUD) and experience volunteering to deploy and lead several community - based initiatives that address drug abuse and addiction. At HUP, she co-founded the Penn Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy (CAMP), co-created an interprofessional team to develop, pilot and publish numerous practice guidelines to improve care of patients with SUD, and launched the “Person First” initiative at HUP which educates clinicians and reduces stigma around substance use. Rachel also became a Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Bloomberg Fellow in Addiction and Overdose at HUP. Through her work, Rachel has single handedly influenced the transformation of organizational culture at HUP.

Structural Empowerment: Rachel Sabolish, MSN, RN, AGNP-C, ACHPN-BC
Rachel Sabolish is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) at AdventHealth Porter, Denver, Colorado who developed a groundbreaking innovative palliative care program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leveraging her aptitude for interprofessional collaboration, she partnered with a team of physicians, achieving early APRN-led interaction with critically ill and rapidly declining patients without previously completed end-of-life decision making. The program’s patient outcomes have outperformed national statistics in establishing a decision-maker, changing goals of care, and transitioning to comfort care. This monumental effort required relationship building and trust to construct a model of care that empowered APRNs to practice at the top of their license and to deliver services that improved community understanding and patient/family peace-of-mind in end-of-life decision-making. Rachel is the perfect role model for APRNs aspiring to acute care advanced practice roles. Her achievements led her to win the 2022 Colorado State Nightingale Award in Innovation. Rachel has a sincere and deep passion for palliative care program strategic development and is a much sought-after expert to present on utilizing new palliative care service delivery paradigms at local, national and international professional engagements. Colleagues, peers and patients alike attest to Rachel’s positive impact on the lives of those she serves.

Exemplary Professional Practice: Kathy Trimble, MSN, RN, APRN, PNP-PC, CPHON
Kathy Trimble is a seasoned Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with more than 40 years of experience who truly embodies the nursing values of nursing professional practice. Her passion and dedication to some of the most vulnerable patients – children with complex care needs – led her to pioneer the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (NMCDH) in Illinois. Kathy also played a pivotal role in leading a multi-disciplinary group at NMCDH focused on analyzing and enhancing quality and safe patient care. One of her efforts involved leading the implementation of an electronic chemotherapy ordering system that allows for a personalized treatment plan using evidence-based protocols. This dramatically improved safety events from more than 40 per year to fewer than five. Kathy committed herself to successfully educating every pediatric oncology nurse at NMCDH in providing chemotherapy while championing equal access to treatment opportunities for patients. In 2022, Kathy was awarded the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for her exceptional nursing care. Colleagues and patients alike laud Kathy for her compassion, integrity, and wisdom. The Exemplary Professional Practice award is sponsored by EBSCO.

New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements: Jennifer Burchett, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
Jennifer Burchett is an exemplary clinical nurse at Indiana University Health, Methodist, and University Hospitals (IU Health) who prioritizes quality patient-centered care and supports a safe and healthy work environment for her colleagues. Her positive impact is seen and experienced both within the organization as well as within the community where she lives and works. Jennifer was the charge nurse in IU Health’s Emergency Medical Trauma Center (EMTC) during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, eagerly caring for the thousands of patients who made their way through EMTC. Jennifer saw firsthand the fear and effect of misinformation. Using Special Pathogens Unit training/knowledge, she supported her peers with COVID testing and assessment. During this time, Jennifer also volunteered during a 2021 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) mass vaccination clinic that provided lifesaving vaccines to 117,660 individuals.

Additionally, Jennifer supported her colleagues by leading active shooter training providing safety procedures and education among other resources, which resulted in a 105% increase in team member safety knowledge. Using inspiration from a Magnet Conference presentation, Jennifer also started a unit-level new nurse mentoring program to include guidance around work/life balance, professional development, and socialization. Additionally, Jennifer works at the Indy Motorsports in-field track hospital, during “racing” events and travels to various INDYCAR circuit speedways. She is driven by her commitment to ethical nursing practice at work and within her community.

Empirical Outcomes:
Gladiz Martinez, MS, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CMSRN
Gladiz Martinez is a dynamic Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) at the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital Transplant Center (TC). Gladiz has made a significant impact in the lives of the surrounding Hispanic community by removing barriers related to social determinants of health through the development of the Hispanic Kidney Transplant Program (HKTP). This program is reducing health care disparities in transplantation to develop a culturally competent program that would evolve with the specific needs of the Hispanic population and increase access to organ transplants. Some of her work includes increasing language-appropriate access, educational materials, a Spanish-language hotline, and conducting patient support groups such as bi-monthly meetings in Spanish for patients and families covering everything from fundraising, health insurance, transplant expectations, and live organ donation. Through these interventions, Gladiz developed a holistic approach to improving the outcomes of Spanish-speaking transplant patients. Through her efforts, 86 patients were transplanted because of this program, with increasing living donor interest in the community. Gladiz has changed the lives of the Hispanic patient population and is not slowing down. She plans to expand the program to include Liver Transplant patients. With Gladiz’ s leadership, the Hispanic population is supported to navigate a very complex system and ensure equal access to life-saving transplantation.


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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