On June 13 Anna Hauenstein, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CPN, was recognized as Akron Children’s nominee for the 2018 American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Nurse of the Year Award. Anna was nominated for her outstanding contribution as a patient care clinician in the Magnet Model component of Exemplary Professional Practice.
According to Magnet Coordinator Meghan Weese, “Anna has been an active part of Akron Children’s Magnet journey and has served as a Magnet Champion through 2 designations – first as a staff nurse and now as an advanced practice provider.
“She is the epitome of a Magnet nurse and truly exemplifies the characteristics of a Magnet Champion,” she added. “She is an advocate and role model for patient-and family-centered care, has a passion for outreach and helping others, and demonstrates a positive image of nursing.”
Anna has worked at Akron Children’s for 10 years, 7 of them in the infant/toddler unit.
“I spent 3 of those 7 years working full time night shift and going to school to obtain my MSN,” Anna said. “I learned a great deal from expert nurses I worked alongside and truly loved working the not so desirable night shift, as it made me feel more independent and resourceful.”
In 2015, Anna was offered a nurse practitioner position with pediatric hospital medicine – a position she still holds today.
“I am proud to represent and be a part of the inaugural hospitalist group. It’s been 3 years and we all still work together,” she said.
Growing up Anna was surrounded by teachers, both her parents taught. Their work with children inspired her to also want to work with children – just in a different capacity.
“I’ve always liked to be around children whether it was babysitting, or being a nanny,” she said. “My mom actually persuaded me to apply for nursing school, and I’m so thankful she pushed me to pursue this career.
“Throughout nursing school, you are only exposed to adults. I was so nervous with my peds rotation being the last one prior to graduation,” she added. “However, once I was here at Akron Children’s for my clinical which happened on the same floor I was eventually hired, I fell in love with caring for children. It was such a different atmosphere – even though the kids were hospitalized they still were able to smile, which melted my heart.”
As far as getting involved in the hospital’s Magnet journey, Anna says she was encouraged by one of her former clinical coordinators.
“I was hired 1 year after the hospital was initially designated, and I really did not know much about Magnet,” she said. “However, after learning that Magnet emphasized excellence in nursing, I thought it was a good fit. I was involved through our second designation as a Magnet Champion and helped to educate staff and escort the Magnet appraisers. I was fortunate to attend the national conference in Los Angeles, Calif., with a group from the hospital to celebrate our second re-designation in 2012. I continued to be involved with Magnet as a staff nurse until 2014.”
In 2016 Anna rejoined the Magnet team as a representative for advanced practice providers and was a part of the hospital’s third Magnet re-designation. She says it’s important to be involved with committees because it allows collaboration with other nurses to make change and impact others.
“I am inspired by the resilience of the children I care for. They could be having the worst day of their young lives, but in some way can manage through the pain and tears and play, smile, and joke with you at times,” she said. “Receiving this award was a huge surprise and such an honor. I’m fortunate to be doing a job that I love. To be recognized formally for my hard work and commitment is the icing on the cake.”