COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 21, 2016) – Battelle Healthcare Colloquium presented Lisa Ciambra, RN, CVNC, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Staff Nurse and Heart Failure Educator, with the 2016 Heart Failure Nurse Maven Award during a ceremony and reception at Battelle Oct. 18, 2016.
"I transitioned into the Grant Heart Failure Clinic 16 years ago, and my role as a heart failure nurse has become who I am,” said Ciambra. “My team strives to reduce hospital readmissions and positively impact the heart failure population every day."
The Colloquium transforms healthcare organizations by improving patient outcomes through heart failure accreditation. Healthcare organization membership includes distinguished adult and pediatric hospitals, 12 of which have top pediatric cardiology programs as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
The Colloquium received many quality applications from across the country but determined Ciambra most exemplifies what it means to be a Heart Failure Nurse Maven. "I nominated Lisa because of her sheer dedication to heart failure patient care,” said Kathy Taylor, Grant STEMI Coordinator and Cardiac Outcomes Specialist.
“She is knowledgeable, able to translate knowledge to patients, and her patients' faces light up when they see her."
Ciambra has the dual role of inpatient Heart Failure Educator and Staff Nurse at Grant's Heart Failure Clinic. A Kent State University graduate, she began her nursing career working in an intensive care unit in New Jersey before relocating to Columbus, Ohio. Ciambra's first role at Grant was in the intensive care unit, but she later transferred to Grant's Heart Failure Clinic where she found her passion for improving heart failure patients' quality of life.
"An exceptional heart failure nurse does not just have a passion for heart failure patient care,” said Frances Greaves, Regional Heart Failure Program Coordinator of CHI Franciscan Health’s Cardiovascular Service Line and 2016 Heart Failure Nurse Maven Award Panelist. “Rather, an exceptional heart failure nurse improves the lives of heart failure patients and their families through evidence-based care, education, and empowerment. A Heart Failure Nurse Maven remembers heart failure is chronic and personal, and they demonstrate compassion when treating patients."
This year's Heart Failure Nurse Maven Award Panel comprises heart failure nurses from four Colloquium member hospitals and was responsible for selecting a heart failure nurse with an exceptional dedication to heart failure patient safety, utilization of evidence-based practice and relationship with patients and their families. They include Marena Arnold, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, CHFN, Heart Failure Coordinator, Advanced Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana; Frances Greaves, BSN, RN, Regional Heart Failure Coordinator at CHI Franciscan Health; Meloneysa Hubbard, MSN, CRNP, CCTC, Director of Heart Transplant Services at Children's of Alabama; and Kelley D. Miller, CRNP, The Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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