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AONE Announces 2017 Membership Awards

Press Release

Chicago | March 28, 2017

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) today announced the recipients of its 2017 recognition awards, which highlight AONE members, an honorary member, and a state affiliate who demonstrated the “best of the best” in leadership practice, and whose work sets an example for every nurse leader. The recipients will be honored this week during the AONE’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

Martha A. Dawson to Receive AONE Prism Diversity Award
The AONE Prism Diversity Award recognizes an individual who has advanced diversity efforts within the nursing profession, the community or the individual’s organization. Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, is assistant professor and specialty coordinator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. The award is sponsored by American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Beth A. Brooks to Receive AONE Mentor Award
The AONE Mentor Award recognizes a nurse in executive practice who has been exemplary in supporting the professional development of his or her colleagues by serving as a mentor or advisor. Beth A. Brooks, PhD, RN, FACHE, is president at the Brooks Group LLC in Chicago.

Mary Wakefield and Barbara Mackoff to Receive AONE’s Honorary Member Award
AONE’s Honorary Member Award recognizes a person who has a commitment to nursing leadership practice and supports AONE’s mission through his or her work, research or service to the health care community at large. Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, is former acting deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Barbara Mackoff, EdD, is a consulting psychologist, author and faculty for several AONE education programs.

Todd E. Griner to Receive the Pamela Austin Thompson Early Careerist Award 
The early careerist award, named after AONE CEO Emeritus Pamela Austin Thompson, recognizes an AONE or AONE Foundation program alumnus who exhibits significant potential as a future health care leader and demonstrates exemplary leadership within his or her organization, community and the nursing profession. Todd E. Griner, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is executive director of critical care services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

HFMA to Receive the AONE Industry Partner Award
The Healthcare Financial Management Association is the recipient of AONE’s Industry Partner Award, which recognizes an organization who embrace the overall mission and vision of AONE by providing products or services that have a profound effect on nurse leaders, the association and health care.

Texas Organization of Nurse Executives to Receive AONE Affiliate Achievement Award
The AONE Affiliate Achievement Award recognizes an AONE Affiliate that promotes nursing leadership and its influence in the areas of the advancement of nursing practice, patient safety and quality, recruitment and retention, or another priority initiative for that particular state or region, and that can serve as a model for other states or regions with similar interests.

About the American Organization of Nurse Executives

AONE is the national professional organization for nurses who design, facilitate and manage care. With more than 9,700 members, AONE is the leading voice of nursing leadership in health care. Since 1967, the organization has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. For more information, visit