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Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) Distinguished Achievement Award

The scientific councils’ Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the affairs of the CVSN Council over a continuing period, and who have made substantial professional contributions to the field represented by the council. The latter could be:

  • Contributions to new knowledge in the field
  • Contributions to teaching and/or clinical care in the field
  • Professional leadership in national or international organizations

The honoree should be a present or past member of a scientific council of the American Heart Association.

The CVSN Distinguished Achievement Award is presented every three years during the CVSN Business Meeting and Awards Dinner at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions.

Suggested nominees for the Distinguished Achievement Award should be presented to the CVSN Leadership Committee.

The following is a list of CVSN Distinguished Achievement Award honorees

  • Current Awardee: 2018 Susan Pressler, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Past Recipients:

  • 2015 Sandra B. Dunbar, PhD, FAHA
  • 2012 Tamilyn Bakas, PhD, RN, FAHA
  • 2009 Laura Hayman, PhD, RN, FAHA
  • 2006 Gayle Whitman, PhD, RN, FAHA
  • 2003 Barbara Fletcher, RN, FAHA
  • 2000 Marie Cowan, PhD, RN
  • 1997 Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN
  • 1994 Susanna L. Cunningham, RN, PhD
  • 1991 Jacquelyn Huebsch, RN
  • 1988 Mildred Czar, RN
  • 1985 M. Jeanne Pontious, RN
  • 1982 Grace Brown, MA, RN

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