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2018 Recipients



Listed alphabetically by last name - click on a name to view their biographical statement and photo.

Note: in 2018 there was not a recipient for the Education Transformation Nurse Leader.

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Nurse Leader

Noel Arring DNP, PhD, RN, OCN

Noel Arring, PhD, DNP, RN, OCN, is the Nurse Administrator for Education and Professional Development, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, Arizona. She received her PhD from Oregon Health and Science University, her DNP from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Public Health Nurse Leadership, and holds a Proci Change Management Practitioner Certification. She currently leads nursing research and evidence-based practice (EBP) efforts for Mayo Clinic, Arizona and co-leads EBP across the Mayo system.   Her research and clinical interests include: Enculturating EBP, cancer survivorship, cancer symptom management, integrative health and healthcare delivery. Dr. Arring has led the development of multiple EBP and quality improvement curriculums that leverage change management theory. These curriculums enable leaders and clinicians to use appropriate methods to answer their clinical questions, resulting in excellence in healthcare outcomes. 


Practice Transformation Nurse Leader (Community Setting)

Raianne Hodges-Melton BSN, RN, CHPN

Raianne Melton is the Director of Banner Advanced Illness Resources and Care Transitions for Hospice and Palliative Care.  As a practicing RN, Raianne has worked across the life span of patients.  In pursuing her passion for patient care, she has also worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and homes.  Raianne spent several weeks working in a clinic and remote areas of Uganda providing basic health care to those who typically had no access to medical care.  Transitioning to hospice and palliative care 13 years ago, Raianne has found an avenue to provide excellent patient care for patients at the end of life.  Since moving to Raianne has served as a hospice admission nurse, manager of hospice intake and admissions, director of a hospice inpatient unit, director of education and staff development, clinical director, hospice administrator and director of a home based palliative care program.  She describes her job as a privilege—a privilege to serve patients and families and a privilege to mentor those staff and leaders that will serve us all in the future.


Public Policy Transformation Nurse Leader

Carrie Langley MSN, MPH, RN 

Carrie Langley is the Director of Cochise Health and Social Services in Cochise County, Arizona. Prior to joining Cochise County, Carrie served eight years in the United States Army Nurse Corps, where she had a variety of experiences from nurse manager to Commander, Warrior Transition Unit. Carrie is a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar and a  second year PhD student with the University of Arizona College of Nursing, her minor is health policy. She plans to research transitions from incarceration for adults with mental illness in the rural community. 


Entrepreneur Nurse Leader

Randy Quinn, MSN, RN, CRNA, APRN

Randy has been a registered nurse for seventeen years and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for eight Years. He has served on the Board of Nursing for eight years and as President for 7 years.  He currently functions in multiple leadership roles as Chief of Anesthesia for 1 hospital and 5 surgery centers.  He also believes strongly in giving back to the community and serves and volunteers with Just Serve, Project C.U.R.E., and the Boy Scouts of America. Randy is also the Managing Partner for Arizona Anesthesia Solutions an anesthesia group dedicated to utilizing CRNAs to provide safe high-quality anesthesia across all of Arizona.


Emerging Nurse Leader

Shae Saint-Amour BSN, RN

Shae Saint-Amour is an emerging leader at Mayo Clinic and currently a Nurse Supervisor in the Critical Care Unit (ICU) since May 2017. Shae's role as a supervisor is to co-supervise a unit of 192 staff with duties that include: Performance management, hiring manager, unit oversight, and representing the ICU on various committees. In addition, she participates as a mentor in the ASU/Mayo student mentor program since 2014.   Shae graduated with honors from Arizona State University/Mayo Clinic Collaborative Nursing Program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing along with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Health. She volunteered in the Mayo Clinic Emergency Department from 2012-2014. Shae obtained a position as a nurse extern on the Mayo Clinic Intermediate/Transplant Unit. She started her career at Mayo Clinic in July 2014 as a New Graduate Nurse on the Intermediate/Transplant Unit.


Practice Transformation Nurse Leader (Acute Care Setting)

Sunny St. John MSN, RN, BMTCN

Sunny St. John graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2006.  She obtained a Masters in Nursing from the University of Arizona in 2016.  She has been employed by Mayo Clinic greater than ten years, spending time as a bedside nurse, a team leader, and is now the nursing supervisor for the inpatient blood and marrow transplant unit. 



We are seeking Champions for the Recognition Categories.

This is an excellent opportunity to not only support nurses but to increase your visibility of your organization as a true champion for the healthcare community.  Please contact Marie Fredette, AzONL Executive Director (480) 491-5627 for information on how you may become a Champion.     


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