ABNN Certificant of the Year Award and Application
The application deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022.
The name of the award was changed in 2014 to encompass both CNRN and SCRN certified nurses.
The ABNN Certificant of the Year award is presented each year at the AANN Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference. This annual award recognizes one certified nurse’s outstanding achievements in neuroscience nursing. The certified nurse of the year contributes to neuroscience nursing through
- professional service
- mentoring and education
- patient and staff advocacy
- promotion of the certification.
Help promote the Certificant of the Year Award at your hospital. Print and display the awards flyer to encourage your colleagues to nominate a deserving nurse.
2022 ABNN Certificant of the Year Winner:
Lisa Cohen, MS RN ACNS-BC CCRN-K CNRN
Recommended by: Brad Torrie and Taylor Pardo
The importance of certification was instilled in me early in my career by the nurses who worked with me in the MICU. I obtained my first certification -CCRN- in 1988 and the CNRN in 1996 and continue to emphasize the importance of obtaining certification to others. I have been a member of AANN since 1989 joining the local Chicago chapter and continuing with the Southeast Michigan chapter after returning home to the Detroit area in 1991. I have been a neuroscience clinical nurse specialist at Henry Ford Hospital for 28 years. I am fortunate to work with an extraordinary group of nurses, managers, educators, administrators, nurse practitioners, neurologists and neurosurgeons who are as passionate and dedicated as I am to provide exceptional care to every patient. I love about what I do. Being a neuro nurse is challenging in every realm- intellectually, physically, and emotionally – and it is always evolving. No two days are alike, and I learn something new every day.
2021 ABNN Certificant of the Year Winners:
Cathy Burgess, RN SCRN
Recommended by: Carolyn Girado and Pat Zrelak
I have been blessed to be in a field that I am passionate about and love to my very core. I've been an RN for 25 years and an ICU nurse for 20 years and love it as much today as I did when my career began. I started as an RN on a stroke floor, so neuro nursing has always had a special place in my heart. I'm constantly trying to pass on this "love of the brain" to my coworkers and my patients. In fact, my family is full of teachers which is why I feel teaching is such an intricate part of my practice. It should be noted that I work with an incredible group of nurses and doctors who inspire me every day.
Melissa Angulo, DNP APRN SCRN
Recommended by: Fernando Testai and Jenna Reeh
I am a member of AANN, the AHA, and the Neurocritical Care Society with a certification in Emergency Neurologic Life Support. I serve as reviewer for the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and a member of the SCRN Cut Score Task Force, evaluating exam questions and score criteria.
I facilitated neuroscience symposiums for nurses at our hospital and neighboring hospitals. I revamped the orientation curriculum incorporating AHA best practices/AANN nursing guidelines.
I serve as a DNP mentor for the College of Nursing by facilitating the development of nurses through a system-level project. Outside of my organization, I am a frequent speaker for high school and undergraduate groups interested in healthcare professions.