Magazine article American Nurse Today

National Magnet Nurse of the Year[R] 2017 Award Winners

Magazine article American Nurse Today

National Magnet Nurse of the Year[R] 2017 Award Winners

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The Magnet Recognition Program[R] recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on the Magnet[R] 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. US News & World Report uses the Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties.

The ANCC National Magnet Nurse of the Year[R] Awards were created in 2010 to recognize the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk-taking. Awards are presented in each of the five Magnet[R] Model components: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations, and improvements; and empirical outcomes. The 2017 award winners were recognized at the ANCC National Magnet Conference[R] in Houston, Texas.

Transformational leadership

Mary Dixon Still, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, ACNS, CCRN, FCCM

Clinical Nurse Specialist Emory University Hospital Atlanta, GA

Still was recognized for her leadership in sepsis mortality reduction, continuous renal replacement therapy, and a molecular absorbent recirculating system. Through research, persistence, and new technologies, she's created various policies and protocols that have decreased mortality rates and shortened the average length of patients' hospital stays.

Structural empowerment

John F. Shepard, BSN, RN, CCRN

RN Senior Partner

Indiana University Health--Methodist Hospital


Shepard has a reputation of advocating for patients and peers by endorsing a culture that promotes safe work practices. Recognizing the risk of his own professional burnout, Shepard implemented nursing mindfulness meditation sessions. These brief meditations focus on topics such as intention, compassion, and gratitude, and they've already demonstrated a positive impact on the hospital's healthy work environment initiative. Since its inception, overall employee satisfaction has increased and nurses feel more connected with their patients and each other.

Exemplary professional practice

Susan Gold, BSN, RN, ACRN

Nurse Clinician

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics


Throughout the course of her career, Gold has made both a local and global impact. …

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