Memorial Hermann Nurse Practitioner Receives AANP’s State Award for Excellence
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has awarded Lori Hull-Grommesh, Director of the Texas Gulf Coast Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration project at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, with the 2016 State Award for Excellence – a recognition bestowed on only one nurse practitioner in each state.
Founded in 1991, the prestigious award is given annually to a nurse practitioner (NP) in each state who demonstrates excellence in their practice area. In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of NPs.
“I am incredibly humbled by this recognition,” said Hull-Grommesh. “Nurse practitioners have become increasingly critical to delivering quality care to healthcare consumers in this region and across the country. I’m extremely proud of the work NPs do daily to expand care to the many people who otherwise would not get it.”
Hull-Grommesh and other recipients of the prestigious AANP 2016 State Award for Excellence will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception at the AANP’s National Conference June 21-26 in San Antonio. During this time she will also be recognized and inducted as a fellow of the AANP.
Hull-Grommesh, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, NEA-BC, has more than 20 years of experience as an acute care nurse practitioner. She earned her BSN and MSN at Wichita State University and was in the first Doctor of Nursing Practice class to graduate in 2009 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
As the director of the GNE Demonstration project for Memorial Hermann, she has been instrumental in helping the program graduate 1,159 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, increase enrollment in the program 180 percent over its baseline goal, and guide collaboration objectives with the nursing schools of Prairie View A&M University, Texas Woman’s University, UT Health Science Center at Houston and University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) at Galveston.
“Lori has been instrumental in moving forward the Texas Gulf Coast Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration with precision and success,” said Patricia Hercules RN, MS and Director, Memorial Hermann Health System Clinical Education. “For this, she has been recognized locally and nationally as the GNE Demonstration sites collectively pursue sustainability for Graduate Nurse Education. At Memorial Hermann, we are fortunate and so extremely proud to have someone on our team with so much compassion and drive to strengthen health care through Advance Practice Nursing. We are really proud and excited for Lori.”
Prior to her GNE Demonstration role, Hull-Grommesh was the director of the advanced practice group at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center with a focus on cardiology. Hull-Grommesh has also written or lectured on such subjects as nurse practitioner billing, women and heart failure, and general clinical cardiology issues. She is an executive member of the Advanced Practice Leadership Council and actively seeks to educate and provide support for nurse practitioners.