Congratulations to Marlys Vespe

Congratulations to Marlys Vespe

We’d like to congratulate Marlys Vespe, who won the statewide 2018 ACNL Excellent Award for Excellence in Recruitment/Retention/Outreach!

Marlys Vespe, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Director, Clinical Services
Scripps Health

A strong leader who champions outreach and member engagement for nurse leaders in San Diego and the Imperial Valley. 


An ACNL member for over 20 years, Marlys is a creative and tireless advocate for ACNL’s San Diego Chapter, exemplifying excellence in recruitment and outreach to increase membership and engagement. Marlys chaired the chapter’s 2016 and 2017 Innovations Conferences and is chair of the 2018 Conference Planning Committee. The Innovations Conference, held each spring, profiles ACNL chapter members and local nursing leaders as keynote speakers, promoting their visibility within the San Diego nursing community. Through her excellent communication and strong outreach efforts, Marlys has significantly increased participation in the conference, particularly from underrepresented health systems and regions in San Diego and Imperial Counties. These organizations not only sent attendees but also had podium and poster speakers. 

Marlys has also promoted membership and engagement through her leadership in the Chapter’s networking event. The first event, held in September 2016, attracted nurses and nursing students from the San Diego region. The Planning Committee set a target goal of 57 attendees, since the setting was the restaurant, 57 Degrees. The committee exceeded this goal with more than 75 nursing leaders and students in attendance. The 2017 Networking Event in September was also very successful.

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