National Magnet Nurse of the Year
Melanie Simpson, RN, PhD, couldn't imagine why she was asked to a meeting at the Hospital Executive Offices last fall.
The invitation was used to announce her
selection as one of five National Magnet Nurses of the YearTM.
"Described as an innovator and role model by her
peers, Melanie Simpson
has dedicated her
nursing career to the prevention and alleviation of pain. ...
won in the Exemplary Professional Practice category.
also awarded The Magnet Nurse of the Year award for each of the other four Magnet model components.
Coordinator of our Pain Management Resource Team, she founded the Coalition for Comprehensive Pain Management.
It brings together clinicians from the hospital and scientists from the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions
to discuss the latest pain management research.
As for Simpson
said, "I feel extremely honored to receive national recognition for my work.
But I am rewarded every day when I see patients' pain eased or our nurses making a difference in patients' lives.
Awards like this belong to the entire nursing staff that puts patient care first."
Simpson is representative of the nearly 2,400 outstanding nurses at our hospital who continually provide excellence in patient care.
Melanie Simpson, RN, PhD, is one of five National Magnet Nurses of the Year.