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Nephrology nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital, honored with highest nursing award

HOUSTON – (Feb. 24, 2012) – Helen Currier, BSN, RN, CNN, CNEP, director of Renal and Pheresis Services at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston will be awarded the prestigious Barbara Prowant Lifetime Achievement Award in Nephrology Nursing during the 32nd Annual Dialysis Conference to be held February 25-28 in San Antonio, Texas.

The award recognizes nephrology nurses who have made significant contributions to the advancement of nephrology nursing through clinical care, education, and research.

Currier is a national and international consultant, author and lecturer in pediatric nephrology nursing. She was mentored by Barbara Prowant, after whom the award is named, as well as former award winners.

Her research interests include pediatric renal replacement therapies, issues facing chronically ill children, quality of life for pediatric end-stage renal disease patients, health care environmental design and the healing arts. In 2010, she was inducted as one of twenty inaugural distinguished fellows for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

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“I want to congratulate Helen for this outstanding achievement in nephrology nursing,” said Dr. Michael Braun, chief of nephrology at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor in the department of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. “I want to thank her for the contributions she has made during her impressive career to both the hospital and to the community as a whole. We are honored to have her as a member of our team”

Currier came to Texas Children’s Hospital in 1976 to serve as a charge nurse for a 20-bed pediatric cardiology unit and later as a charge nurse and unit teacher in an 18-bed PICU. By 1980, she had moved into the dialysis unit of Texas Children’s, where she has held many leadership jobs.

During her 36-year career, she has authored or co-authored 17abstracts, 27 publications and has represented Texas Children’s Hospital at numerous national and international conferences around the world. A highlight has been her interface with nephrology nurse colleagues in South Africa where in 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the Renal Care Society of South Africa in recognition of devotion and contribution of exceptional merit to the Society.

Currier holds varied interests in the medical arts. She is active in eight organizations and serves on the boards of the National Renal Administrators’ Association, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and the Houston Boychoir.

The Lifetime Achievement Award in nephrology nursing was renamed in 2005 to honor Barbara Prowant, a prolific leader in nephrology nursing after her untimely death from cancer.

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