2017 Best Practice Awards

These awards are presented to recognize, document and communicate best practices in specific areas of nursing. Awards were presented at ACNL's 2017 Annual Conference.

Best Practice - Administration


Ann Mostofi, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer
Eisenhower Medical Center

A visionary leader, Ann has created a culture of excellence in patient care delivery and nursing practice.

Ann is an exemplary leader, inspiring her team to continually strive for excellence in patient care, nursing practice and service to the community. Under her leadership, Eisenhower Medical Center achieved Magnet designation, is the only hospital in Riverside and San Bernardino counties ranked in the nation's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals by Truven Hospital Analytics, and has received several other accolades. Ann’s commitment to lifelong learning, shared governance and building leadership skills for nurses at all levels has significantly enhanced professional practice. She promotes collaboration with all disciplines to improve patient care and encourages the sharing of Magnet strategies with other hospitals. Ann also serves on local boards and is a popular speaker, frequently invited to address health care issues in the region.

Best Practice - Education


Patti Aube, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Executive Director, Nursing Professional Development and Research
Magnet Program Director
St. Joseph Hospital - Orange

A passionate and enthusiastic leader, Patti engages and mentors staff to embrace lifelong learning.

Patti is an effective, confident leader and role model, who consistently develops strategies to help nurses raise their level of practice. During her 18-year tenure at St. Joseph’s, Patti has positively influenced thousands of nurses through the promotion of lifelong learning. She created an environment where "school is cool" and RNs are encouraged to pursue advanced degrees. She was an early advocate for service-academic partnerships, collaborating with Santa Ana College to establish an on-site RN program. To encourage participation, she championed weekend clinical rotations at the hospital and full employee tuition reimbursement. Patti is also a proponent of shared governance to ensure a strong voice for nurses. She facilitates the Clinical Development Council, where nurses apply for advancement through the clinical ladder. 


Best Practice - Innovation

Patricia "Peachy" Hain, MSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE Designate

Executive Director
Nursing Administration Services
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

An astute servant leader, Peachy advances excellence by creating a culture of trust and empowerment.

As a leader, Peachy engages staff to create a culture that fosters patient care excellence. To improve nurse-patient communication and alleviate compassion fatigue, Peachy developed empathy and compassion workshops and training in de-escalation techniques. She champions shared governance and helped develop Cedars’ thriving Transforming Care at the Bedside program, harnessing the ingenuity of front-line staff to impact care. Peachy has led numerous patient safety efforts to prevent falls, decrease HAPUs, lower port infection rates and reduce specimen mislabeling. To improve inter-disciplinary teamwork, Peachy worked with medical staff to develop an MD-RN Collaborative and led efforts to institute Interdisciplinary Progression of Care Rounds. Her investment in people has resulted in tremendous staff engagement, increased patient safety and a significant rise in employee satisfaction scores.

Best Practice - Clinical Nursing


Marielena Cid, BSN, RN, CDE
Diabetes Education Program Manager
Eisenhower Medical Center

A passionate and caring advocate, Marielena is committed to improving the lives of individuals with diabetes.

Under Marielena’s leadership, the diabetes program at Eisenhower Medical Center has flourished. She actively promotes quality improvement and adherence to the highest standards of diabetes care and collaborates with physicians, educators and nurses to optimize glycemic management for every patient. Marielena was instrumental in developing an insulin pump policy and standards, and frequently makes presentations to physicians, peers and the public about innovations in diabetes care and strategies for glycemic management. Emphasizing the importance of patient education in diabetes management, Marielena has expanded the list of  classes for patients and the community. She has a refreshing approach for communicating this information, using humor to engage participants. Fluent in Spanish, she also volunteers her services to present diabetes education classes in Spanish. 

Best Practice - Nursing Research


Peggy Kalowes, PhD, RN, CNS, FAHA

Nursing Research, Innovation and Evidence-Based Practice
Long Beach Memorial Hospital
Miller Children's & Women's Hospital

A renowned nurse scientist, Peggy engages and coaches RNs to embrace research to advance nursing practice and improve outcomes.

An accomplished nurse scientist, Peggy’s research has focused on prevention of falls, pressure ulcers and the symptom burden at end-of-life, with integration of palliative care among persons with life-limiting conditions. She is a leader in providing a forum for RN researchers in Orange and Long Beach counties to present their study findings at an annual conference. She has assisted RNs in submitting more than 175 abstracts and presentations for professional nursing organizations and scientific conferences. As Chair of ACNL’s Research Committee, Peggy has led efforts to disseminate research findings and evidence-based practice resources, and continue the development and implementation of a studey to assess and validate ACNL's research priorities using Delphi methodology.

Best Practice - Recruitment/Retention/Mentorship


Jane Swanson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Executive Director, Geri and Richard Brawerman Nursing Institute
Magnet Program Director
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Creatively balancing individual, community and organizational needs, Jane designs innovative programs to fill RN workforce gaps.

An energetic and innovative leader, Jane develops fresh approaches to building an effective nursing workforce pipeline. She collaborated with CSU, Los Angeles to develop special courses and an RN residency program for new grads to launch their careers in peri-operative nursing. Jane co-designed a national education initiative, featuring a pre-licensure didactic online competency program, to increase the number of nurses with baccalaureate and graduate degrees. She spearheaded a model program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to utilize older, experienced RNs as wisdom workers to assist novice nurses and RNs in transition. With succession planning in mind, Jane has also developed a successful emerging nurse leader program at Cedars. Jane is the founding president of ACNL’s Los Angeles/Coastal Chapter and continues to guide and mentor the board.


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