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Alumni and Faculty Member Each Receive National Clinical Nurse Leader Awards

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rosemary Hoffmann, PhD, (BSN ’77, MSN ’83), coordinator of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program, and CNL alumna Latasha Kast (BSN ’11, MSN ’19), who each won this year's Clinical Nurse Leader Awards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Hoffmann is the recipient of the CNL Educator Award, and Kast is the recipient of the CNL Vanguard Award for exemplary practice as a CNL.

Kast provides on-boarding, education, mentorship, and leadership support to nurses in her role as an Advanced Clinical Education Specialist for Critical Care at UPMC Passavant. She previously worked in progressive clinical and leadership positions within Trauma/Vascular Step-Down, Surgical Trauma ICU, and Neurovascular ICU. Additionally, she serves on the CNL Advisory Board at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Kast was selected for this award for her commitment to nursing practice by leading and developing several quality improvement projects to improve patient outcomes, including hair-washing to reduce surgical site infections in neurosurgical patients.

Hoffmann has been on faculty at Pitt Nursing since 1995, and has served as CNL program coordinator since 2008. Hoffmann was selected for this award for personifying the idea of expanding the role of the CNL and being able to think holistically. She is praised by her colleagues for having a particular skill in challenging her students and peers to think bigger by using their credentials and skills as a CNL to become problem solvers and patient advocates.   

AACN bestows only two CNL awards each year, and we are so proud of Hoffman and Kast for receiving these honors. Their achievements are truly astounding and are a testament to the quality of the CNL program at Pitt Nursing.