Mary Decker Mentorship Award: Call for Nominations


Neuroscience NursePlease consider nominating a dedicated Neuroscience Nurse with demonstrated excellence in neurosurgery, specifically hydrocephalus, for the Mary Decker Mentorship Award! No self-nominations. Submit your nomination form by October 30, 2020, to Allison Begezda, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) Marketing Manager, at

Mary Decker Mentorship Award

This award, open to all AANN members, annually recognizes a neuroscience nurse for modeling excellence in their work and mentoring other neuroscience nurses. Mary Decker exemplified excellence in mentorship through her work as a staff nurse, nurse practitioner, and member of the Hydrocephalus Association Medical Advisory Board. As one of the first neuroscience pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP) in the country, her passion and commitment for mentoring was demonstrated as she guided both novices and experienced nurses. 


This award is open to all AANN members.

Individuals not eligible for this award include:

  1. Current members of the AANN, ABNN, or AMWF Board of Directors
  2. Recipients of any AANN award within the last 2 years

* Candidates may only be considered for one award. No self-nominations.


The recipient of the Mary Decker Mentorship Award will demonstrate the following attributes:

  1. Excellence and clinical expertise in the care of pediatric or adult neuroscience patients
  2. Dedication to patients
  3. Communication
  4. Teaching and educating about hydrocephalus
  5. Inspiring others
  6. Leadership
  7. Passion and nurturing


Describe the characteristics/contributions of the nominee, specifically hydrocephalus, in a 1-2 page summary. Apply for the Mary Decker Mentorship Award.


  • The winner will receive complimentary registration to the AANN Annual Meeting and an award stipend of $600 to assist with travel expenses.
  • A $600 scholarship will be made available by the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) to be used for travel expenses to the AANN Annual Meeting. HA will also provide the winner with complimentary registration, two nights hotel, and reimbursement for travel (expense not to exceed $500) to attend the HA biennial national conference.

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