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Kansas City, KS & Evansville, IN - Simpson, Emmons Named Magnet Nurses of the Year

Melanie H. Simpson, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, CHPN, coordinator of the Pain Management Resource Team  at The University of Kansas Hospital, and Joanna Emmons, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, of St. Mary's Health System have been named one of five national Magnet Nurses of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Simpson  founded the Coalition for Comprehensive Pain Management, in which hospital clinicians and representatives from the university and schools of medicine, nursing, and health professionals convene quarterly to discuss the latest evidence-based pain management research. She uses her breadth of clinical knowledge to educate others about evidence-based pain management."

In her self-defined role as an intensive-care provider with the medical ICU/surgical trauma ICU physicians and a certified critical-care clinical nurse specialist, Emmons established a preflight checklist for ICU nurses that reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections well below national benchmarks, led an evidence-based "early warning scoring" project that reduced code blue events outside critical-care units by 40% and increased calls to the rapid response team by20%, led an evidence-based project that reduced central line-associated bloodstream infection rates by 67%, and led a peripheral intravenous saline locks initiative that saves the health system more than $1 million annually.

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