Excellence In Education Award

Every day, nurses are educating their patients and improving the quality of care where they work. We want to recognize you for your exceptional work and influence on patients, families, and your own health system. The APGNN Excellence in Education Award celebrates educational programs, tools, activities, or initiatives that have been developed and/or implemented by APGNN members around the country.

Take this opportunity to share your work with our members! Past recipients have created a comic book for hepatitis, designed “The Poo in Youvideo, helped implement a comprehensive Celiac disease program, participated in The NOVEL Project for nasogastric tube placement, and developed IBD Education videos. Please consider applying or nominating a colleague using this application! Award recipients receive a $1000 award. Applications due August 1, 2023.


Excellence in Education Award Recipient

Courtney  Ort, BSN, RN


Courtney Ort, BSN, RN
Children's Hospital Colorado
Project: Dedicated Nursing Support in a Fellowship Program


Past Excellence in Education Award Recipients

Emily  Ventura, RN, BSN, CCRN


Emily Ventura, RN, BSN, CCRN
Chief Executive Director
PFIC Network, Inc.
Clay City, KY
Development of an education brochure for progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC)
Shelby  Mudarri, CPNP


Shelby Mudarri, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA
Implementation of IBD Educational Training for newly diagnosed patients
Barb  Drobnic, RN, BSN, CPN


Barb Drobnic, RN, BSN, CPN
IBD Nurse Coordinator
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, AL
Development of IBD Education Videos
Katie  Oleksak, MSN, FNP


Katie Oleksak, MSN, FNP
Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC
The NOVEL Project on evidence-based placement of pediatric NG-tubes
Leora  Hauptman, MSN, RN, CPNP


Leora Hauptman, MSN, RN, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Yale New Haven Health
New Haven, CT
Development of a Celiac Disease Education Program