Kathy Ann Sheehy, RN, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, a certified pediatric clinical nurse specialist in the division of anesthesiology and pain medicine at Childrens National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., recently was named a National Magnet Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
According to a news release, the awards recognize the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses in each of the five Magnet model components: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes. The 2012 award winners were recognized at the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Los Angeles.
Sheehy won in the New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements division. According to the release, after caring for a young child who suffered hours of intractable pain before her death, Sheehy worked with parents, physicians and the nursing professional practice council to develop a new protocol for the safe use of dexmedetomidine outside the critical care setting. The protocol allows children and families to choose the hospital setting for end-of-life care without compromising safe, effective pain and symptom management, while protecting the RNs legal scope of practice.
An advocate for patient- and family-centered care, Sheehy is working with the University of Wisconsin and International Council of Nurses to develop an International Classification for Nursing Practice catalog on pain management for the pediatric population.