Hailing from a family of physicians and nurses, Rachel Nickel has healthcare in her blood.
Although she's still relatively early in her career, Sarah Oerther has already established herself as a leader in nurse education, mentoring and activism.
In 2011, El Camino Hospital started the journey of implementing the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program, an initiative aimed at improving geriatric care. Shortly thereafter, Dizon joined the hospital's nursing team and the program has never been the same.
Having been on the front lines as a nurse aide, Jeana Rasmussen knows what it takes to not just survive, but thrive as a caregiver.
Two years ago, Ashley Darcy-Mahoney brought her drive and passion for improving care to George Washington University. She's been at the forefront of studying the impact of poverty on childhood health outcomes as well as how a child's environment affects learning.
Although she's only been at Hackensack University Medical Center since 2014, April Camiling already serves as a role model and mentor for many of her peers.
As a clinical manager at Mercy Home Health in Philadelphia, Bailey serves on the high-risk patient council at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital along with physicians and other caregivers to assess high-risk patients being discharged to Mercy Home Health.
Now a nurse manager, Torres in 2010 was one of UC Davis Medical Center's founding Quality and Safety Champions, given the mission of improving patient safety and outcomes by reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia.
As interim nurse manager of the inpatient and outpatient pediatric departments at Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center, Marcello has focused on improving patient-care standards within the hospitals.
As director of emergency services at Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital, Bredimus has worked to build a culture of teamwork and ownership among caregivers in the hospital's emergency department.
Currently a palliative medicine fellow at Sloan Kettering, Rosa recently participated in a value/quality improvement project at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses CSI Academy.