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Andrea Strayer Honored for Excellence in Neuroscience Nursing

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Madison, Wisconsin - Andrea Strayer, NP, has received the 2016 Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.          


Strayer was nominated by her colleagues in recognition of her long-standing commitment to her fellow nurses and the patients they all serve.  Strayer is a certified adult and geriatric nurse practitioner and a certified neuroscience registered nurse, overseeing the care of neurosurgery patients at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.


“In additional to supervising the care of our patients following surgery, Andrea is an excellent teacher and mentor to other nurses,” says Dr. Robert Dempsey, chairman of neurosurgery. “She is a key member of our neurosurgery team and we are delighted that her skill and dedication are being recognized.”


Strayer earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree at the University of Iowa and her masters of science in nursing degree at the University of Wisconsin. In their nomination, Strayer’s colleagues spoke of her dedication to her patients, working with a large team that includes 14 neurosurgeons, 14 neurosurgery residents and countless nurses and staff from many disciplines.


“She serves as the connection between nurses and physicians, creating a truly cohesive team,” the nomination says. “She empowers nurses to be confident in their knowledge and to present their patients to the whole care team…she is the glue that holds our unit together.”


Away from the unit, Strayer’s colleagues praised her for serving on hospital committees to improve patient care, and for her coordination of continuing education talks on neuroscience topics. She has helped organize a local chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), and also serves on national committees for neurosciences organizations.


Strayer will receive her award at the AANN annual education meeting in New Orleans in April.

Date Published: 01/25/2016

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