RANDOLPH, Vt., Jan. 18, 2024—In recognition of her excellence in clinical practice, Gifford family nurse practitioner Eileen Murphy, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is being honored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as the 2024 recipient of the AANP State Award for Excellence in Vermont.
“Eileen, with her vast experience caring for patients, is deeply deserving of the AANP State Award for Excellence in Vermont,” said Gifford Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joshua White. “We are grateful to have her on our team and congratulate her on this much-deserved recognition.”
Established in 1993, the AANP State Award for Excellence is given to a nurse practitioner in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical care. Awards are distributed to the recipients throughout the year, with recipients honored during AANP’s annual national conference. In June, Murphy will receive her award at the 2024 AANP National Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
“Eileen is a fierce advocate in every facet of her professional life,” said Maureen B. Boardman, MSN, FNP-C, FAANP, who nominated Murphy, citing her leadership in the Vermont Nurse Practitioners Association and her work to start the primary care nurse practitioner residency at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. “Her representation on the Primary Care Advisory Group for the Green Mountain Care Board gives a voice to all nurse practitioners in the state of Vermont as well as the patients we care for.”
Murphy is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Vermont Nurse Practitioners Association, where she currently serves as president, and American Nurses Association. She originally joined Gifford in 1998, providing care at Bethel Health Center until 2008. She then spent seven years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and more recently worked at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction before returning to Gifford in 2021. She earned her post-master’s family nurse practitioner certification from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mass.; a master’s degree in nursing with a cardiopulmonary specialization from MGH Institute of Health Professionals in Boston, Mass.; and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. When not at work, she enjoys volunteering as well as running and hiking Vermont’s backroads and trails.
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AANP is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 385,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NPs’ patients and other health care consumers. AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care.
Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, and Rochester, and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; an adult day program; 49-unit independent living facility, and a nursing home. The hospital’s mission is to improve individual and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.