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.

 

Deadline for Submission:  July 15, 2020
Notification to Award Winner:  July 2020

Awardee will receive:

  • $1,000 USD
  • Complimentary registration to the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020
  • Participation in an award presentation during the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020
Eligibility

Candidates must be:

  • A registered nurse who works directly with HF patients and their families
  • Must be an HFSA member continuously since January 2018

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

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 Winners

2019 HFSA Nursing Clinical Excellence Leadership Award Winner

2019 HFSA Nursing Clinical Excellence Award Winner

Cindy Bither, ACNP, ANP has been caring for heart failure patients for the majority of her career with the last 25 years having been spent as a nurse practitioner in an inpatient setting.  She specializes in the Advanced Heart Failure/Stage D population, including Pulmonary Hypertension, Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy, LVAD’s and heart transplantation.  She is currently the Chief NP in the Adv HF Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, D.C.   She is a Past President of the American Association of Heart Failure nurses and has edited a book on Advanced Heart failure that compliments the annual Adv AAHFN HF Symposium which she chairs.  Most recently she has had the privilege of doing global nursing education on heart failure in foreign countries for the American College of Cardiology.

Past Award Winners

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.