Las Vegas – Christine L. Nell-Dybdahl, NP-C, MPH, MSN, a cardiology nurse practitioner at Emory Center for Heart Disease and Prevention in Atlanta, was awarded the LifeChanger Award during the general session today at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2013 National Conference.

The award is given to a nurse practitioner nominated by at least two patients independently for providing outstanding, life-changing care. The AANP, in partnership with the Health Monitor Network, a direct-to-patient marketing company, created the award to acknowledge the immediate impact nurse practitioners have on their patients.

Nell-Dybdahl was selected from a pool of six semi-finalists after officials reviewed hundreds of patient letters. A registered nurse since 1994 and a nurse practitioner since 1998, Nell-Dybdahl brings more than 17 years of cardiology experience to the practice.

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Nell-Dybdahl is a member of the American College of Cardiology, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and the AANP. She makes it a priority to connect interested patients and researchers at Emory, and she is the founder and clinical leader of the Women Living with Angina Support Group.

She has co-authored several journal articles and has spoken at many conferences on a wide variety of topics, including cardiovascular disease prevention, heart healthy life style changes, cholesterol abnormalities, women’s heart care, and family-involved chronic heart disease management. Congratulations on this achievement!