Alicia Richardson | World Stroke Organization
Alicia Richardson

Alicia Richardson

Stroke Program Clinical Nurse Specialist

Member Bio

Alicia Richardson, is the Stroke Program Manager for a Comprehensive Stroke Program in Central Pennsylvania, United States of America. Alicia is currently President-Elect for the Association of Neurovascular Clinicians (ANVC).

Training: Alicia obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Plattsburgh State University in 2008 and her Master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from St. John Fisher College in 2012. In 2018, Alicia completed a Post-Graduate Vascular Neurology Advanced Neurovascular Practice Fellowship program (NETSMART-AP). She has 13 years of neuroscience nursing experience and is board certified as an Acute-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist-in Adult/Gerontology (ACCNS-AG), Advanced Neurovascular Practitioner (ANVP) and Advanced Stroke Coordinator (ASC).

Research areas: She has research in the hyperacute phases of stroke care and in with the Stroke Coordinator role. She has worked with two community grants for pre-hospital stroke care and community stroke education. Alicia has participated in PROSPER, MARISS, OPTIMIST, and ZODIAC.

Awards: Alicia has received numerous awards throughout her career, in 2009 she was awarded a Medical Surgical Nursing Excellence in Precepting award, 2 years later a Medical Surgical Clinical Excellence Award, and the Denise Hartung Clinical Excellence Award. In 2013, she was awarded an Outstanding Clinical Nurse Specialist award, and in 2017 and 2018 awarded the NETSMART-AP Clinical Excellence Award and the Advanced Practice Clinician of the Year award. In 2020, she was awarded the NETSMART AP Star award for her work as program chair of the Advanced Stroke Coordinator Curricula.

Professional: Currently Alicia is the President Elect for the Association of Neurovascular Clinicians, and has been a Director at Large since 2018. She was program chair for the inaugural Association of Neurovascular Clinicians Annual Conference. Alicia has held numerous leadership positions regionally and nationally. She has been on several planning committees with SVIN and MT2020, along with regional planning committees. She has also been a board member of her hospital’s Advanced Practice Council and currently is a Professional Advancement Review Committee member.

Publications: Alicia has publications in the pre-hospital setting of COVID-19, Large Vessel Occlusion tools, and nursing ratios for mobility of stroke patients to name a few. Alicia is passionate about hyperacute stroke care and improving the timeliness to treatment.

In Private: Alicia is married to her high school sweetheart, and together they have 3 children—boy and girl twins age 10 and a daughter age 7. She also has two pitbull mix rescue puppies that are part of the family. She enjoys traveling, art, coffee, great food, and reading a good book.

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