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AACN Names 2008 Circle of Excellence Award Recipients
Date:5/2/2008

O'Leary, Ebright, Larson and Richmond Honored as Visionary Leaders

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) announces the recipients of the 2008 Circle of Excellence Awards, a program recognizing the contributions and achievements that exemplify the association's mission, vision, values and ethic of care. The recipients will be honored at AACN's National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition May 3-8 in Chicago, Ill. Following are the recipients of these awards for 2008:

Visionary Leader Awards

AACN's highest awards recognize the impact of world-class contributions that further the association's mission and vision. The Visionary Leader Awards honor individuals for high-level accomplishments that reach beyond local and regional impact. Included in the association's most prestigious and coveted Visionary Leader Award category are the AACN Lifetime Member Award, Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career and Pioneering Spirit Award.

Dennis S. O'Leary, MD, president emeritus of The Joint Commission, is recipient of the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career. Designated one of the 25 most influential leaders in healthcare during the past quarter century, O'Leary is a transformational leader who helped set the stage for introducing care-related outcomes and process measures by focusing on how organizations actually perform when providing patient care.

Recipients of the Pioneering Spirit Award, sponsored by GE Healthcare, are Patricia R. Ebright, DNS, RN, Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC, and Therese S. Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN.

A pioneering researcher who spent 28 years as a hospital staff nurse, nurse manager, and clinical nurse specialist, Ebright conducted trailblazing studies that examined two critical issues in healthcare today: how healthcare providers make decisions in the context of actual care situations and how
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