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Janet Pettit Scholar
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The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) will honor and commemorate the life work of Janet Pettit, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, VA-BC™,  whose contributions to the art and science of neonatal and pediatric vascular access epitomized the mission and values of our organization, through an ongoing award program.

The award recognizes an individual whose personal and professional qualities exemplify scholarly excellence in the field of neonatal and/or pediatric vascular access. They will be named The Janet Pettit Scholar in Neonatal and/or Pediatric Vascular Access.  The award may be given annually to a qualified nominee. Nomination is open to both members and non-members of AVA.

2020 nominations Now open - submit by march 13, 2020

The nominee will be a leader, educator and clinical expert in pediatric or neonatal vascular access.  Nominees will be scored on the following criteria:

  1. Contributes through publications and research
  2. Establishes evidenced-based practice
  3. Demonstrates selflessness to advance practice
  4. Collaborates and mentors to promote clinical excellence

The Scholar will be provided with a full scholarship to attend the AVA Annual AVA Scientific Meeting which includes:

  • Waved registration fee to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Coach class round trip transportation to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting
    (Scholar will submit expense form for reimbursement of travel expenses no later than 2 weeks after the last day of the annual meeting)
  • Two nights hotel accommodations at the approved meeting hotel
  • Recognition Presentation at the Annual meeting – date and time to be determined.

2020 Nomination information

About Janet pettit

Janet’s background included over 30 years of neonatal intensive care experience as a clinical nurse, manager, outreach educator, clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner.  She was employed in a 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, CA, as a neonatal nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist.  Her interest in vascular access devices led to multiple publications, clinical research, and national and international speaking engagements. 

Ms. Pettit’s unique expertise made her a sought-after consultant to the vascular access device industry. Through work with multiple NICUs across the United States and Canada, she gathered a vast knowledge of care practices for infants with vascular access devices, particularly peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). 

Ms. Pettit was a co-author of the PICC Guidelines produced by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and served as a reviewer for the Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice and AVA’s Journal of the Association for Vascular Access.  She also served professional organizations in a variety of roles, including the Board of Directors for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Association for Vascular Access.

Congratulations to our Scholars: