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The Queen’s Medical Center’s Jennifer Moran, APRN, Receives National Nurse of the Year Honor

Jennifer Moran Receives National Nurse of the Year Award

HONOLULU – The Queen’s Health System (QHS) proudly announces that Jennifer Moran, APRN, Stroke Program Coordinator with Queen’s Neuroscience Institute, has been chosen by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as the 2021 National Magnet Nurse of the Year® Awardee for Exemplary Professional Practice.

“It’s an incredible achievement for Jennifer, and another acknowledgement of the nationally-recognized, award-winning work being done by Queen’s Neuroscience Institute,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, QHS President and CEO. “Jennifer and her team have had a tremendous impact on the community and have improved countless patients’ quality of life.”

Moran is the lead Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) for the neuroscience acute care nurse practitioner team, and continuously works to improve the care of Queen’s stroke patients. Through her astute leadership, The Queen’s Medical Center has been recognized as the first and only Comprehensive Stroke Center in the State of Hawai‘i by The Joint Commission.

“Jennifer is the ultimate role model of what a nurse leader should be. She led our team to achieve the designation of Comprehensive Stroke Center with her high standard of excellence and her vision to constantly improve. I have never met someone who is more dedicated, hard-working, compassionate and inspiring,” said Kazuma Nakagawa, MD, Chief of Queen’s Neuroscience Institute.

In collaboration with the hospital’s intensivists, Moran initiated 24/7 neuro critical care nurse practitioner coverage, which directly reduced the door-to-needle (DTN) time for stroke patients.

According to the American Heart Association, the DTN time goal for acute ischemic stroke patients is 60 minutes. Although The Queen’s Medical Center Emergency Department’s DTN time averages only 20 minutes, Moran continues to drive excellence and incorporates innovative approaches that result in even better outcomes.

“Jennifer is highly respected and collaborative, demonstrating Queen’s values of Compassion, Aloha, Respect and Excellence (C.A.R.E.) in every interaction. Along with her constant pursuit of excellence, she is humble and always approachable. She is actively involved in professional organizations, and shares her knowledge and expertise at regional and national conferences,” said Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, QHS Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.

To see Moran receive this prestigious award at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Georgia earlier this month, click here.

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