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AAHFN President Elect Sue Wingate Received Prestigious 2007 Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award from the Heart Failure Society of America

MT. LAUREL, N.J., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sue Wingate, RN, DNSc, CRNP, CS, president elect of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) was recently honored with a prestigious nursing award for her work with heart failure patients.

She received the 2007 Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award from the Heart Failure Society of America at its recent conference.

This award recognizes registered nurses who not only demonstrate excellence in heart failure clinical practice, but demonstrate special achievements in heart failure clinical practice or make significant contributions to the field. Award recipients must also meet these additional criteria: assist in the professional development of peers and colleagues; participate in ethical decision making and client advocacy; collaborate in the provision of safe, effective and cost-conscious care; and receive scholarships, grants or awards in the field.

"I am so honored and honestly humbled to receive this award for my contributions," she said. "It validates my commitment to improving the quality of care for heart failure patients."

Wingate is a cardiology nurse practitioner with Kaiser-Permanente Mid- Atlantic States in Silver Spring, Maryland. She works in the center-based Heart Failure Treatment Program and coordinates department research activities.

Throughout her career Wingate has worked in coronary intensive care, acute care, outpatient cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation settings as a staff nurse, manager, research coordinator and clinical nurse specialist. She recently retired after 25 years as a nurse corps officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

In addition to her clinical work, Wingate is widely published and has been an invited speaker at regional and national meetings on heart failure and other cardiology topics. She also serves as a reviewer for several professional journals. She is a previous acting editor of The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (JCN) and currently serves as the column editor of "At the Bedside" in JCN. She is currently a co-investigator in a research study examining the issue of pain in persons with heart failure.

Wingate is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by The American Nurses Credentialing Center. She was elected as a Fellow in the American Heart Association in 2001.

She is also active in several professional organizations. She has been President of the local American Association of Critical Care Nurses as well as Chair of their national research committee. She has been active in several areas with the American Heart Association and currently is a member of its Professional Education Committee.

About AAHFN: The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) is dedicated to advancing nursing education, clinical practice and research to improve outcomes for heart failure patients. For information, visit or call (888) 452-2436.

Contact: Alison Dickman at (215) 884-6499

SOURCE American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
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