Maureen Seckel, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN-K, FCCM, FCNS, FAAN, medical critical care quality and safety nurse specialist and sepsis coordinator at Christiana Hospital, has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
She is among 250 distinguished nursing leaders named to the 2022 Class of Fellows at the Academy’s health policy conference on Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C.
American Academy of Nursing fellows are among the most respected nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research in the U.S. and internationally. Fellows contribute to advances in nursing education and practice, quality and safety in health care delivery, shaping health behaviors and environments and reducing health disparities.
Seckel, the only Delaware inductee, joins new fellows from 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 17 countries selected for their contributions to health and health care. The Academy has more than 3,000 fellows.
Seckel is an internationally recognized nurse leader and expert in critical care health issues, especially the topic of sepsis. She has published extensively about sepsis and co-authored the updated Surviving Sepsis Guidelines, published in 2021 through the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
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The guidelines include 93 recommendations for the management of sepsis, a life-threatening condition and top cause of death in hospital intensive care units. Seckel was an author of the initial set of guidelines in 2016.
“It is gratifying to be included with this group of dynamic nurse leaders as an American Academy of Nursing fellow,” said Seckel, who has worked at ChristianaCare for 26 years.
“My work at ChristianaCare and with other researchers and specialists around the country reflects my passion for promoting evidence-based practice in health care and working collaboratively across the health care team.”
In 2019, Seckel received the inaugural Evidence-Based Practice/Quality Improvement of the Year Award from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. The award honors a clinical nurse specialist who implements evidence-based practices and improves health care quality.