Excellence in Education and Mentorship

An RN who contributes to nursing’s body of knowledge through formal nursing education, skills training or continuing education, or who infl uences nurses’ career development in meaningful, measurable ways through the art of professional nursing.

Molly Moran, MSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical Nurse Educator, PICU

Rush University Medical Center


Moran said she was in complete shock when she heard her name announced as regional winner of the GEM Award for Education and Mentorship. She said being named a fi nalist and “having the opportunity to be in a room with so many accomplished colleagues was, in my mind, already such an accomplishment.”

As a clinical nurse educator at Rush, Moran said, she enjoys the unique opportunities she has to partner with an interdisciplinary team and to truly infl uence nursing practice. She said she is proud of the contributions she has made creating systems and tools that “empower nurses to work at the top of their license.”

Looking back at her nursing career, Moran said, she hit a crossroad when she decided to go back to school for her master’s degree. Many of her friends chose the advanced practice/nurse practitioner route, but Moran was more interested in nursing education and healthcare systems, and ultimately decided to pursue an MSN in nursing education. “Choosing the program and career path that was right for me made all the diff erence,” she said. She tells colleagues to take advantage of the fact that nursing has an incredible number of career paths and so many doors.

Excellence in

Executive Leadership

An RN who is well-known and respected as a visionary, innovative leader and change agent; who moves the profession forward through work in patient care administration, education or research; or strengthens the profession through other professional activities, endeavors or contributions.

Patricia Nedved, MSN, RN, CENP, FABC

Acting Vice President of Nursing, Chief Nursing Offi cer and Associate Dean of Nursing Practice

Rush University Medical Center


Hearing her name announced as the GEM Award winner for Executive Leadership, Nedved said she felt a mix of emotions, including disbelief, gratitude and joy. Nedved said winning this honor was a humbling experience, and that “the only way to be recognized with this award is to have a great team of colleagues to partner with in leadership.”

Nedved is proud of leading her team through the Ebola crisis, ensuring 3,000 employees were prepared and trained in three weeks. Other accomplishments include leading her nursing staff to attain its fourth Magnet designation and increasing nursing satisfaction as measured by an employee engagement survey. Nedved said the connections she made with front-line staff during the multiple initiatives she implemented “continue to drive and inspire me.”

She believes the path to career advancement does not require a map. “I’ve never been someone focused on a timeline and needing to be in a certain role by this point of my life,” Nedved said. “I’ve always taken advantage of the opportunities presented to me. It’s helped to keep me challenged, growing and not alarmed if something didn’t follow a plan.”

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