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Impact Award

The AVA Impact Award

2020 nominations is now closed

The Impact Award will honor and recognize an AVA member(s) who has made significant contributions to the specialty practice of vascular access at a local level. This award will be awarded to one to three members each year. The members nominated for this award will have demonstrated examples of exceptional leadership within their organization, community and/or region.

The Award

The award recipient(s) will be awarded a complementary registration to attend the AVA Annual Scientific Meeting (Pre-Meeting Workshop registration not included), and will be recognized and presented with an award during the annual meeting.  If a recipient is unable to attend the current year annual meeting, the registration may be deferred to the following year. The registration is not transferable, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Any questions about these guidelines or how to nominate can be sent to Tonya Hutchison (


Congratulations to the Impact Award Winners!


Marybell Bernhardt, RN, BSN, VA-BC

Janice Elliott, BS, RN,CRNI, VA-BC

Imelda Mercado-Nuyda, RN, BSN, VA-BC

2019 WInners:

Amit Bahl, MD, MPH

Jamie Sharp, RN, BSN

Vicki Mabry, APRN, MNSc, VA-BC


Fran Concklin, BS, RN-BC, CRNI, VA-BC

Theresa Stevenson, RN, BSN, VA-BC

Warren McGlauflin, RN, BS, VA-BC™ 

2017 Winners:

Kelly Mitchell, BSN, RN, VA-BC

Toshiko Holland, RN, MS, CPNP

2016 Winners:

Darilyn Cole, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

Connie Girgenti, RN, VA-BC

Christine Thomas, RN, MSN, CNP, VA-BC