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Highland Hospital nurse honored with national award


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Valerie Aarne, MALS, BSN, NE-BC, Clinical Nurse Manager in the Highland Hospital Medical Imaging department, has received a 2018 Honorary Award from the American Nursing Association (ANA). Aarne is one of only ten nurses in the country to be honored with the award this year.

The ANA Honorary Nursing Practice Award celebrates the achievements of nurses who have proven to be exemplary leaders and advocates. Recipients are highly accomplished registered nurse leaders who are directly involved in patient care. They are recognized by peers for their contribution to the advancement of nursing through their strength of character, commitment, and competence.

Aarne has been the Clinical Manager in the Medical Imaging department at Highland Hospital since 2011. Along with her duties at Highland, she is also on the New York State Board for Nursing, the American Journal of Interventional Radiology Editorial Board, and the International Advisory Board for the Nurse Education Today Journal. Aarne is a skilled writer and has contributed to dozens of nursing journals over the years. She has also written several award-winning books on nursing including “Facts for the Radiology Nurse” and “Fast Facts for the Triage Nurse.”

“It takes great compassion and commitment to be a strong nurse leader,” said Melissa Derleth, Chief Nursing Officer of Highland Hospital. “Valerie displays those values on a daily basis with her patients, their families, and her colleagues at Highland. We are so proud to have such a dedicated and talented individual as part of our team.”

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