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Carol Ackerman M’07 Receives Clinical Leadership Award

Carol Ackerman

Carol Ackerman (center) receiving the award from Andreas Bindszus of Phillips Healthcare, sponsor of the Clinical leadership Award, and Jill Arzouman, treasurer of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

Carol Ackerman M’07, a registered nurse clinician on 3Mansfield at UPMC McKeesport, received the 2011 Clinical Leadership Award.

The award was presented by the Academy of Medical-Surgeon Nurses at the 20th annual convention, held in Boston on September 8 with over 1,000 attendees.

The award celebrates a medical-surgeon nurse whose leadership qualities emulate the highest of professional standards and who has improved the image and practice of medical-surgeon nurses.

Carol’s nomination for this award detailed her clinical expertise and compassionate care for her patients. Her accomplishments include authoring a booklet, “A Chemotherapy Guide for the Medical-Surgical Nurse,” and publishing “not on My Watch: Treating and Preventing Pressure Ulcers” in the January 2011 MedSurg Nursing.

Carol is a certified nurse in medical-surgical nursing and is preparing to sit for the Gerontology Certification exam. She is a certified teacher to the elderly, serving as a facilitator for the Agless Wisdom program. She also leads the effort for community outreach, helping to raise funds for the support of cancer patients and their families.