2011 Statewide Award Winner
Lorna Prang, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Clinical nurse specialist, critical care, Littleton Adventist Hospital
Lorna has worked as a nurse for 45 years, and in critical care nursing for more than 30 of those years. She wanted to become a nurse as a teenager, "because I thought I could make a difference in the lives of people." Lorna’s work as project leader for Centura’s Critical Care Clinical Effectiveness Group, ICU Delirium Evidence-Based Practice Pilot Project at LAH is most exemplary. She brought together a multidisciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists, clinical nurse specialists, critical care nurses, and computer analysts, totaling 18 professionals representing six separate health care facilities. The team adopted the Confusion Assessment Method for ICU (CAM-ICU) Tool, a delirium assessment tool used on all patients in the Intensive Care Unit that has been accepted and standardized throughout Centura Health. The use of this tool has reduced the incidence of delirium, along with the number of ventilator and intensive care days.
Lorna has also been a primary educator for Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest (HACA) and implemented staff learning initiatives for all the nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. Lorna's lead in establishing HACA as a standard of care at LAH for patients sustaining life threatening arrhythmias has greatly improved patient outcomes.
Lorna and her husband, Ron, married for 45 years, have three children and six grandchildren. She continues working in nursing because of a love for helping others. Through education of critical care nurses, she makes an impact improving lives of patients and the practice of all interdisciplinary staff. Lorna says, "I am committed to lifelong learning, evidence -based practice, collaborative leadership, and excellence in the clinical arena."