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HFSA Nursing Clinical Excellence Leadership Award

The purpose of the HFSA Nursing Clinical Excellence Leadership Award is to recognize and support clinical nursing excellence by a registered nurse who works directly with heart failure (HF) patients, their families, and other nurses providing HF services.

HFSA’s Nursing Clinical Excellence Leadership Award honors and supports clinical nursing excellence by a registered nurse who works directly with heart failure (HF) patients, their families, and other nurses providing HF services.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate exemplary leadership in HF direct patient care. This includes the delivery and effectiveness of HF management programs, nursing practice, and patient outcomes. Applicants must be actively involved in improving and disseminating HF outcomes, nationally and internationally, along with serving as mentors to future HF emerging leaders and peers.


2021 HFSA Nursing Clinical Excellence Leadership Award Winner
Applying for the Award

2022 Award Information

  • Submission Deadline: Check back soon for details!

  • Notification to Award Winner: Check back soon for details!

Complete the Submission Requirements below to submit a nomination.

Awardee will receive:

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  • Complimentary registration to the HFSA Annual Scientific Meeting 2021
  • Participation in an award presentation during the HFSA Annual Scientific Meeting 2021
Eligibility

Candidates must be:

  • A registered nurse who works directly with HF patients and their families
  • Must be an HFSA member continuously for two years

Candidates cannot be: 

  • HFSA Nursing Committee members
  • A past winner of this award

Nomination Process:

Candidates can either self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague. Previous applicants can re-apply (new application is required). 

Evaluation Criteria

1. Demonstrates excellence in HF patient care delivery (direct care)
Examples:

  • Demonstrated advanced heart failure assessment skills
  • Uses appropriate problem-solving and evidence-based decision-making to improve heart failure status and quality of life
  • Uses interventions that improve patient outcomes or quality of care
  • Focuses on consistently maintaining quality of care
  • Recognized as a clinical expert in heart failure care among peers and colleagues

2. Evidence of systematically addressing the quality and effectiveness of HF management programs, nursing practice, and patient outcomes
Examples:

  • Continuous quality improvement monitoring

  • Participates in guideline development

3. Develops new or unique HF projects or forums that contribute to the growth and development of others
Examples:

  • HF symposia, workshops

  • Innovative educational programs about HF patient care

  • Mentors students, peers, other professionals in comprehensive management of heart failure patients

4. Contributes actively to improving HF outcomes by participating in regional, national, or international efforts
Examples:

  • Local or national committee work related to improving HF outcomes

  • Consulting with other institutions or companies supporting HF care

  • Precepts students for local universities

5. Develops communications about HF
Examples: 

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Editorial boards

  • Authors book chapters

  • Authors newsletters

  • Presents posters at conferences

  • Invited speaker at conference

Submission and Nomination Requirements

Submissions are closed at this time.

Self-Nominee:

  1. Cover letter including contact information of nominee (name, address, fax, phone, e-mail).
  2. A detailed summary of accomplishments should address each of the evaluation criteria.  Summary to be single spaced, 1-inch margins, and not to exceed two pages.
  3. CV or resume
  4. Two letters of support from colleagues (maximum length 2 pages)

Nominated by a colleague:

  1. Cover letter from nominator including contact information of nominee (name, address, fax, phone, e-mail).
  2. A detailed summary of accomplishments should address each of the evaluation criteria.  Summary to be single spaced, 1-inch margins, and not to exceed two pages.
  3. Second letter of support from another individual (maximum length 2 pages)
  4. Nominee CV or resume.

NOTE: Please make sure all submission requirements are included. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Past Award Winners

2020 – Sonja Brune, MSN, APRN, CCNS, CHFN, AACC 

2019 – Cindy Bither, ACNP, ANP

2018 – Natalie W. Pierson, RN, BSN, MSN, FHFSA 

2017 – Johana R. Almansa, DNPc, RN, ANP-BC, CHFN

2016 – Peggy Kirkwood, RN, MSN, ACNPC, CHFN, AACC

2012 – Kismet D. Rasmusson, MS, FNP-BC

2011 – Susan E. Ammon, RN, MS, FNP

2010 – Mary Beth Earley, CCRN, MSN, ANP-c

2009 – Donna F. Pettruccelli, MSN, CRNP

2008 – Sara C. Paul, RN, MSN, FNP

2007 – Suzanne J. Wingate, RN, Ph.D.

2006 – Kimberly Huck, ND, RN

Questions?

If you have questions about either HSFA nursing award, please contact Sharon Atterbury at satterbury@hfsa.org.