Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Awardee

Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Marie Namey, RN, MSN, CNS, MSCN of the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research received the 2011 Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award from the American Association of Neurological Nurses (AANN). She attended the annual AANN meeting in Seattle and received the award April 30, 2012 prior to the Keynote address.

The Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award is awarded to a neuroscience nurse in an advanced practice role. Nominees for the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award demonstrate excellence in nursing care and advancement of neuroscience nursing as a specialty through the development and support of nurses. This award is open to all AANN RN members practicing in an Advanced Practice role in neuroscience nursing. Advanced Practice role as defined by ANA includes the roles of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Midwife, and Nurse Anesthetist.


Excellence in Clinical Care (Long Term Care Category)

Staff Nurse, Spinal Cord Injury/Residential Care Facility, Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Hospital

She is the embodiment of an extremely dedicated nurse, always learning and sharing knowledge-base in the advancement of nursing profession. A self-starter “thinking outside the box”. She led the first Spinal Cord Injury Community Living Center/Multiple Sclerosis Clinic team. She seeks educational opportunities, attended seminars and conferences and upon return will give echo in services. She replicated the process of conducting the “bowel rounds” resulted to patient satisfaction and facility cost containment.

She has excellent rapport amongst peers which has contributed to the unit camaraderie. She confronts issues and provides solutions and organizes activities that foster team building and community spirit.

The awards night was held Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Schiller Park, Il and was given by Philippine Nurses Association of Il (PNAI).

*Write-up Submitted by:
Araceli L. Mendoza, RN, MSN, CNS
PNAI - Awards Committee Member


Congratulations to our Colleagues!

  • Health Professionals Volunteer: HALL OF FAME (Awarded by National MS Society) Aliza Ben-Zacharia (2009) Deena Lisak (2009) Carol Saunders (2008) Dorothea Cassidy Pfohl (2003) Linda Morgante
  • Articles published in Journal of Neuroscience Nursing Congratulations to the following people for a job well-done: February 2011 Colleen Miller and Margaret Umhauer Title of Article: EMERGING ORAL THERAPIES FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS August 2008 Helen Jolly, Kellie Simpson, Barbara Bishop, Heli Hunter, Cassie Newell, Douglas Denney, MerriKay Oleen-Burkey. Title of Article: IMPACT OF WARM COMPRESSES ON LOCAL INJECTION-SITE REACTIONS WITH SELF-ADMINISTERED GLATIRAMER ACETATE