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Dr. Ellen Poole, PhD, RN, CPAN, CNE, FASPAN

Dr. Ellen Poole, of Glendale, a Chamberlain University Professor at their Phoenix campus, has been recognized as Arizona’s Distinguished Nurse of the Year (2021) by the March of Dimes as part of their Heroes in Action campaign.

The Distinguished Nurse of the Year awardee is selected from candidate finalists representing 15 nursing categories. Dr. Poole, PhD, RN, CPAN, CNE, FASPAN, who has a specialty in perianesthesia nursing, is being recognized for contributing to patient care, community service, and advocacy. She has been a Chamberlain nursing professor for almost 14 years, where she is dedicated to serving a diverse student population. In addition to teaching undergraduates, she teaches graduate programs that prepare students to become advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders.

Some of her accomplishments include:

• Induction into the inaugural class of the Fellows of the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses in 2018 in recognition of her leadership, education and research contributions to the specialty.

• Researched various topics in Perianesthesia Nursing, from family presence to patient education, for over 30 years

• Published and presented nationally and internationally on critical care skills, staffing issues, and research methodologies.

 • Being a member of almost 20 professional nursing organizations, including the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses and the Arizona Nurses Association.

Congratulations to AzNA member Dr. Ellen Poole for being named Arizona’s Distinguished Nurse of the Year for 2021.

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