The Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) Coordinator Award is given annually to recognize outstanding achievements in the POCT field by persons who are primarily responsible for a given institution’s POCT program. The award is not limited to persons or programs within the United States. Selection is made by the Awards Committee of the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing (CPOCT) Division and is based on the extent of the nominee’s responsibilities and accomplishments, particularly the impact this person has made in improving the quality of the POCT program at their facility.
Who Is Eligible?
Nominees should have served as a POCT Coordinator or equivalent for at least 12 months (though the word “Coordinator” in a nominee’s job title is not required).
The nominee’s POCT program must have also passed an inspection from an outside accrediting agency during the nominee’s tenure.
How Do I Nominate Someone?
Please complete the following application answering all questions. Then compile with supporting letters of recommendation and other documentation into one document and email to the AACC CPOCT Division at firstname.lastname@example.org. The completed packet must be received by August 15 to be considered for the current year’s award.
Requirements for Letters of Recommendation
The three letters of recommendation should include the name and contact information for the person submitting the letter and should come from among the following:
- POCT Director / Laboratory Director
- Nursing Administrator / Director
- Non-Lab Medical Director using POCT testing
- Nurse Manager or other RN involved in the POCT program
- Nominator (may be vendor or other manufacturing representative)
Selection of the POCT Coordinator of the Year will be based upon the scope of the nominee’s responsibilities, as well as the achievement of a positive impact on POCT at their facility. Therefore, letters of recommendation should summarize or describe the following, where applicable, as they apply to the nominee:
- QA or PI activities that demonstrate the impact the nominee has made on quality of POCT.
- How the nominee has facilitated QC.
- Any special projects or programs designed and implemented by the nominee.
- How the nominee enhances, or has improved, inter-departmental communication.
- The nominee’s activities that have addressed/improved patient outcomes.
- Other notable POCT accomplishments (e.g., invited presentations, publications, abstracts, roundtable, workshops, etc.).