2018 Circle of Excellence Award Recipients

AACN honored 11 outstanding caregivers with 2018 AACN Circle of Excellence awards at a ceremony during Tuesday’s SuperSession. Honorees were presented with the coveted award for achieving excellent outcomes in the care of high-acuity and critically ill patients and their families.

Award criteria include modeling healthy work environment standards; communication skills; true collaboration; effective decision making; meaningful recognition of others; ability to transform thinking, structures and processes; and the ability to address challenges and remove barriers to excellent patient care and achieve visible results through leadership.

Nicolas Abella III, DNP, MBA, RN, CCRN
Community Health System Professional Services Corp., Franklin, Tennessee

Leanne Boehm, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee

Odette Comeau, DNP, RN, CNS, CCRN
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

Anna Dermenchyan, BSN, RN, CCRN-K
UCLA Health, Department of Medicine, Los Angeles

Sandra Hagstrom, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis

Dana Kyles, MS, RN
University of Washington Medicine, Seattle

Linda Lopazanski, MSN, RN, CCRN
Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Lauren Macko, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, SCRN
Carolinas Epilepsy Center/Neurosurgical ICU, Charlotte, North Carolina

Debra McCann, MSN, RN, CCRN
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, Menomonee Falls

Sandia Royal, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Jason Thornton, MSN, RN, CPHQ, NE-BC
Boston Children’s Hospital

4 Responses

  1. Adelle De Guzman says:

    Congratulations to Sandia Royal and Linda Lopazanski!!!
    You truly are an inspiration to us all!!!
    From your friends and colleagues at the Central New Jersey Chapter

  2. Kathie Wilson says:

    Congratulations Sandia!!! We, in CPDIR, are so proud of you!

  3. Claudia Pagani MSN, RN-BC says:

    Congratulations Sandia!
    We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. We are a wonderful nurse clinician and excellent educator and you deserve all the accolades. Congratulations on receiving this distinguished award and induction in the circle of excellence, well deserved!

  4. Maryann Brookes BSN, RN,CCRN says:

    Sandia,
    Congratulations on receiving this prestigious award, it is so well deserved and we are so very proud of you. You are truly an inspiration to all of us!! From your friends and colleagues at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health in New Brunswick , NJ.