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Published on October 27, 2017

McNichol Honored as Magnet Nurse of the Year

Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, works at Cone Health and impacts would care around the world.


Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, has been named a 2017 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Nurse of the Year®. The Cone Health nurse is an internationally known and widely published wound, ostomy and continence nurse expert. The award was given at the recent ANCC sponsored Magnet® conference in Houston, Texas.

Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN

“Laurie McNichol has influenced wound care internationally,” said Kenneth Rempher, PhD, RN, executive vice president and chief nurse executive at Cone Health. “She not only impacts care here at the local level, and has done an extraordinary job, she also influences policy and practice around the world. She provides a great example of Cone Health’s leadership in nursing science and health care innovation.”

McNichol has spent her career advancing wound care, coediting a widely referenced wound care textbook. She has been instrumental in helping Cone Health achieve some of the nation’s lowest rates of pressure injuries over the last five years. Recently, she created a program to train bedside nurses to better assess and manage a patient’s wound care needs. McNichol has developed better ways of classifying skin damage caused by medical adhesives and numerous electronic tools to help nurses make better wound care decisions.

McNichol is past president of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board; the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society; and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. In 2016, Laurie was inducted as a Fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. She is a graduate of D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, and of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was named the UNCG School of Nursing Alumni of the Year earlier this year.

The National Magnet Nurse of the Year awards recognize the outstanding contributions of one nurse in each of the five Magnet® Model components:

  • Transformational Leadership 
  • Structural Empowerment 
  • Exemplary Professional Practice 
  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements
  • Empirical Outcomes

McNichol was recognized in the New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements category.

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