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The Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) is a national professional nursing organization involved in home health care and hospice nursing practice, education, administration and research. HHNA provides leadership and a unified voice so that home care and hospice nurses may improve their specialty and influence public policy as it relates to home care and hospice.

Announcements

2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year



Andrea L. Devoti, Chairman of the NAHC Board of Directors, Mary Pistulka, RN, BSN, CHPN, Hospice Coordinator, Avera@Home, and Denise R. Schrader, Chairman, Home Healthcare Nurses Association

On Monday, October 20, the 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year was announced at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona. Denise R. Schrader, Chairman, Home Healthcare Nurses Association introduced Mary Pistulka, RN, BSN, CHPN, Hospice Coordinator, Avera@Home, Yankton, South Dakota as this year’s winner. Joining Schrader on stage for the presentation was Andrea L. Devoti, Chairman of the NAHC Board of Directors and Manu Varma, Senior Director, Marketing & Business Development, Philips Hospital to Home.

This year's Nurse of the Year was highly praised by her employer, Avera@Home. The organization's President and CEO Sandy Dieleman said that, “Mary has set the bar high for nearly three decades in home health and hospice care. Her unwavering love for her patients, their families, and the mission of Avera, is evident in all that Mary does. We at Avera@Home are so proud of her for receiving this honor. Mary exemplifies everything that’s great about patient-centered health care. This honor is well deserved.”

An expert committee chose 50 state winners, and narrowed them down to the 10 top contenders, based on an essay about each nurse and thoughtful evaluation of their credentials. The Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year was determined based on a national vote that included NAHC and HHNA members and the American public.

If you have a nurse like Mary, please let us know! We will be seeking nominations for the 2015 Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year Award in the upcoming months.

To view the CARING article highlighting the 2014 50 state winners, click here.
To view the press release highlighting the 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year, click here.