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AONL Announces Recipients of Annual Membership Awards

Press Release

Chicago (March 3, 2020)

The American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) today announced the recipients of its 2020 awards, which highlight AONL members, a hospital and state affiliate demonstrating exemplary leadership practices. AONL will honor the recipients during its annual conference March 19-21 in Nashville, Tenn.

Anne Arundel Medical Center to Receive AONL Prism Diversity Award

The AONL Prism Award recognizes an organization that has advanced diversity efforts within the nursing profession, the community or organization. Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), now a part of Luminis Health, is located in Annapolis, Md., and serves an area of more than one million people. Founded in 1902, AAMC is a 349-bed not-for-profit teaching hospital. AAMC is a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest-level credential for quality patient care and nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center sponsors the Prism award.

Grenier to Receive the Pamela Austin Thompson Early Careerist Award

The early careerist award, named after AONL CEO Emeritus Pamela Austin Thompson, recognizes an AONL or AONL 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. Jennifer Grenier, DNP, RN, is associate chief nursing officer at MacNeal Hospital/Loyola Medicine in Berwyn, Ill.

Whisnant-Burgess to Receive AONL Exemplary Leadership and Mentorship Award

The Exemplary Leadership and Mentorship award recognizes a nurse leader who significantly influenced professional nursing practice and the professional development of others. Barbee Whisnant-Burgess, MSN, RN, is vice president, system nursing at Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C.

Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing to Receive AONL Affiliate Achievement Award

The AONL Affiliate Achievement Award recognizes an AONL affiliate promoting nursing leadership and its influence in advancing nursing practice, patient safety, quality, recruitment and retention and serves as a model for other states or regions with similar interests.

About the American Organization for Nursing Leadership

As the national professional organization of more than 10,000 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is the voice of nursing leadership. Our membership encompasses nurse leaders working in hospitals, health systems, academia and other care settings across the care continuum. Since 1967, the organization has led the field of nursing leadership through professional development, advocacy and research that advances nursing leadership practice and patient care. AONL is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. For more information, visit