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Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Nursing Excellence GEM Awards!

December 2013 has announced its 2013 National Nursing Excellence “Giving Excellence Meaning” (GEM) Award winners! Each year, looks for nurses nationwide who exhibit professionalism, leadership, education, clinical skills and service. Nursing leaders then judge thousands of nominees before choosing six of the nation’s most talented nurses as winners. The Campaign was a national sponsor of this year’s GEM Awards program.

This year’s winners are:

  • Paula R. Graling, RN, DNP, CNOR, CNS, clinical nurse specialist, perioperative services at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Va., in the category of Advancing and Leading the Profession
  • Julie Cronin, RN, MSN, OCN, clinical nurse specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., in the category of Clinical Nursing, Inpatient
  • Joan Insalaco Warren, RN-BC, Ph.D., NEA-BC, director of nursing research at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., in the category of Education and Mentorship
  • Jill Goldstein, RN, MA, MS, vice president, Congregate Care at Visiting Nurse Service of New York in New York, N.Y., in the category of Home, Community and Ambulatory Care
  • Betty Venth, RN, MSN, BC, flight commander, family health at the U.S. Air Force in Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., in the category of Patient and Staff Management
  • Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, director, international and nurse credentialing at UCLA Health in Los Angeles, Calif., in the category of Volunteerism and Service

Congratulations to all of the winners! To learn more about their stories, check out this article with an individual profile for each nurse. To nominate a nurse for the 2014 National Nursing Excellence GEM Awards, visit

American Academy of Nursing’s 2013 Johnson & Johnson Excellence in Media Award

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) recently presented the 2013 Johnson & Johnson Excellence in Media Award to Barbara Cotter, a journalist with the Colorado Springs Gazette. This award was established to recognize excellence in journalism reporting on healthcare with an appropriate inclusion of nurses’ contributions or perspectives. Cotter won the attention of AAN with her article on forensic nurses as allies to abuse victims.

In order for nursing to get more and better media coverage, Cotter encourages all nurses to contact their local newspapers when they are doing something extraordinary.

“Most reporters love telling stories, good ones, and the forensic nursing story was that story for me,” said Cotter.

To learn more about Barbara Cotter and the 2013 Excellence in Media Award, visit

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