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1 NURSE OF Excellence 2014 AWARD RECEPTION Wednesday, May 21, 2014

2 The Legend of Teapot The teapot tradition began in 1980s with New York State Legislature s Nurse of Distinction Program. The first recipient of Long Isl Nurse of Distinction nomination spoke of challenges that nurses all of health care face, will face, in decades to come. In keeping with message that day, it was recollected her comments included, most of us nurses are like teabags, we don t know our own strength until we get into hot water. The allegory resonated among those involved in program it eventually became a custom for a prior recipient of Nurse of Excellence award to bestow a teapot upon current honoree. The teapots remind our honored colleagues of ir achievement of ir strengths. Like each of us, teapots are seldom exactly alike. They celebrate unique value that each Nurse of Excellence brings to those y serve. And, teapot symbolizes reminds us that hot water often brings out best in us in our profession.

3 A MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT The New York State Legislature in 1989 created a Nurse of Distinction Program. The program, coordinated at time by Senator Tarky Lombardi Jr., recognized individual excellence in nursing profession. Hundreds of nurses were nominated from across State, eight regional designees were selected by peer review, one nurse from that group was awarded. The program was highly regarded by those within health care industry continued until Since n, it has been honor of Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council to continue this tradition on a regional level through our annual Nurse of Excellence program. The Hospital Council opted to maintain this recognition program because registered nurse is truly core of any hospital. The program exped in 2008 to include nominations from nursing schools who also participate in Nurse Executive Committee. Each member hospital nursing school selects a nominee based on specific selection criteria. The nomination in of itself is an honor. Then a Council peer review committee selects best of best. More important than those individuals named honored is celebration of entire nursing profession that pervades this program. We are proud of nominees congratulate this year s top nurse. We are proud of all of nurses who care for thouss of Long Islers, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. On behalf of our board of directors, council staff leadership staff at all of our hospitals, we express our sincere appreciation to all nurses salute ir commitment to compassionate quality patient care. Kevin W. Dahill President/CEO May 21, 2014

4 2014 NURSE OF EXCELLENCE NOMINEES Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center Amy Castiglia, RN, BA Critical Care Registered Nurse Eastern Long Isl Hospital Allison Skrezec, RN, BSN, MSN Quality Analyst Franklin Hospital Johane Charleron, BSN-RN Core Measure Coordinator Glen Cove Hospital Carol Convey, RN, BSN Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Kathleen Cleary, RN, BSN Nurse Manager Pediatrics/PICU, Interim, Nurse Manager Adult Telemetry Huntington Hospital Carlene Williams, MS, RNC-OB Assistant Nurse Manager John T. Mar Memorial Hospital Mary Ferrara, BSN, RN, OCN Nurse Manager Medical, Surgery Oncology Infusion Center Mercy Medical Center Ardella Salanga, BSN Assistant Nurse Manager Molloy College Geraldine Moore, EdD, MS, RN Associate Professor Nassau Community College Mary Ellen LaSala, RN, MS Associate Professor Nassau University Medical Center Varlene Sauveur, RN, CCRN North Shore University Hospital Renee Gilchrist, RN, BSN Peconic Bay Medical Center Denise Gluck, RN, MSN, DHA, CEN Nursing Director for Emergency Medical Services Plainview Hospital Joan Wolff, RN, BSN, CNOR St. Carine of Siena Medical Center Marianne Rodriguez, BS, RN Administrative Supervisor St. Charles Hospital Theresa M. Tomkin, BSN, RN Nursing Care Coordinator, Emergency Dept. St. Francis Hospital Sra Bastidas, MSN, RN, CEN Clinical Nurse III St. Joseph Hospital Yun Qian, RN, BSN, ANCC Medical/Surgical South Nassau Communities Hospital Jacquelyn Rosen, RN, PMH CNS-BC Clinical Nurse Specialist Southampton Hospital Patricia Wright, RN, BSN, IBCLC Southside Hospital Natalie Voigt, BSN, MSN Assistant Nurse Manager Stony Brook University Hospital Stacy L. Heuschneider, RN, MS, BSN, NP-C, CCRN, ACNS-BC Clinical Nurse Specialist Stony Brook University School of Nursing Brenda L. Janotha, RN, DNP, D Department Chair, Undergraduate Studies/Clinical Associate Professor Syosset Hospital Patricia Jovic, RN, BSN, MSN Veterans Affairs Medical Center Jair Bentos-Pereira, RN, BSN, MSN RN Care Manager, Primary Care Winthrop-University Hospital Theresa Criscitelli, EdD, RN, CNOR Assistant Director of Professional Nursing Practice Education

5 ORDER OF PROGRAM Welcome Introductions Kevin W. Dahill President/Chief Executive Officer Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Greetings from Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Paul J. Connor, III Chairman of Board Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Chief Executive Officer Eastern Long Isl Hospital Introduction of Nurse of Excellence Committee Members Patricia Darcey, MS, RN, NE-BC Chairperson, Nurse Executive Committee Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer Southampton Hospital Valerie Terzano, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Sr. VP of Nursing & CNO Winthrop-University Hospital Acknowledgement of all Nurse of Excellence Nominees.....Patricia Darcey, MS, RN, NE-BC Nurse of Excellence Sub-Committee Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer Southampton Hospital Remarks by Honoree Renee Gilchrist, RN, BSN North Shore University Hospital Presentation of Teapot Carine Videtto, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, CPHQ 2013 Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence Closing Remarks Patricia Darcey, MS, RN, NE-BC Nurse of Excellence Sub-Committee Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer Southampton Hospital

6 2014 NURSE OF EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE Kathi Baker, RN Principal - Health Careers Western Suffolk BOCES Jennifer Bryer, PhD, RN, CNE Chairperson Associate Professor Farmingdale State College Kathleen Burger, RN, MSEd, MSN, CNE Academic Chair Suffolk County Community College Ann Cella, MA, MEd, RN, NEA-BC Sr. VP Patient Care Services & CNO St. Francis Hospital The Heart Center Rosie Chatman, RN, MA Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Service Veterans Affairs Medical Center R. J. Civello, RN, BS-HCA, MSN Associate Executive Director, Patient Care Services Franklin Hospital Patrick R. Coonan, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE Dean & Professor Adelphi University Patricia Darcey, MS, RN, NE-BC VP of Patient Care Services & CNO Southampton Hospital Susan Dewey-Hammer, MN, APRN Professor of Nursing Academic Chair Suffolk County Community College Faye Duda, RN, MPS, CNA Chief Nursing Officer Long Beach Medical Center Margaret Duffy, MS, RN, NEA-BC Interim Chief Nursing Officer Stony Brook University Hospital Jeanne Dzurenko, BSN, MPH, RN, NEA-BC Sr. VP Nursing CNO Good Samaritan Hospital Gara Edelstein, RN, MSN COO & CNO St. Carine of Siena Medical Center Patricia M. Farrell, RN, MSN, NEC Associate Executive Director CNO Southside Hospital Nicolette Fiore-Lopez, RN, MA, CNEP Chief Nursing Officer St. Charles Hospital Barbara Gibbons, RN, MS, FNP VP Patient Care Services & CNO St. Joseph Hospital Florence L. Jerdan, RN, PhD, ANP, CNE Associate Professor Director, Nursing Department St. Joseph s College Minna Kapp, EdD, MBA, RN Associate Professor & Director, Nursing Education Graduate Program C. W. Post Campus/LIU Susan Knoepffler, RN, MPA, NE-BC VP Nursing & CNO Huntington Hospital Kim K. Mendez, EdD, ANP, RN Vice President & CNO Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center Jeannine D. Muldoon, PhD, RN Dean & Professor, Division of Nursing Molloy College Marie Mulligan, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC Vice President for Nursing & CNO J. T. Mar Memorial Hospital Susan Neville, PhD, RN Chairperson & Associate Professor, Dept. of Nursing New York Institute of Technology Susan Penque, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, NE-BC Sr. VP Patient Care Services & CNO South Nassau Communities Hospital Patricia Pispisa VP of Patient Care Services Eastern Long Isl Hospital Carol Powell, RN Program Administrator Eastern Suffolk BOCES

7 COMMITTEE (CONTINUED) Thomas Rich, D.Min., MS, RN, NP Professor & Chairperson Dept. of Nursing Nassau Community College Kerri Anne Scanlon, RN, MSN Chief Nursing Officer North Shore University Hospital Cathy Sheerin, RN, MS, NE-BC Associate Executive Director CNO Glen Cove Hospital Kathy Skarka, MSN, RN, CNA Sr. VP & CNO Nassau University Medical Center Mary J. Stedman, EdD, RN, ANP Professor Associate Chairperson Farmingdale State University Valerie T. Terzano, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Sr. VP of Nursing & CNO Winthrop-University Hospital Marianna Vazquez, RN, MS, NE-BC Associate Executive Director for Patient Care Svces Plainview Syosset Hospitals Beth Vlahavas, MSN, RN VP of Patient Care Services & CNO Mercy Medical Center Maureen T. White, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, F.A.A.N. Sr. Vice President Chief Nurse Executive No. Shore LIJ Health System Lee Anne Xippolitos, PhD, RN Dean, School of Nursing Stony Brook University School of Nursing Gerald Zunno, RN, MSN COO CNO Peconic Bay Medical Center 2014 Nurse Executives Sub-committee Gara Edelstein, Chairperson Sr. VP of Administration & CNO St. Carine of Siena Medical Center Valerie Terzano Sr. VP of Nursing & CNO Winthrop-University Hospital Patricia Darcey VP of Patient Care Services & CNO Southampton Hospital Carine Videtto Stroke Program Coordinator St. Carine of Siena Medical Center Lori Escallier Associate Dean for Evaluation Outcomes Stony Brook University School of Nursing Lee Xippolitos Dean, School of Nursing Stony Brook University School of Nursing Amy Pakes Nurse Manager Nassau University Medical Center

8 NASSAU-SUFFOLK HOSPITAL COUNCIL award for NURSING EXCELLENCE is presented to RENEE GILCHRIST, RN, BSN 2014 For achieving significant accomplishments in an area of practice, serving as a mentor inspiration for staff, providing assistance to patients families, fostering a positive image of nursing. Nurse Executives Selection Criteria Outsting contributions to nursing profession to field of health care must be demonstrated based on following criteria: Significant achievement within a particular area of nursing, including clinical practice, education, research, or administration. The provision of direct nursing services to assist patients ir families in functioning at optimum levels of health is one example within clinical practice. Demonstrated leadership that provides a role model for quality of ir performance assists or nurses in ir development. Participation in activities that foster a positive public image of nursing as a profession. NOTE: All registered professional nurses employed at a Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council membership organization, or affiliated school of nursing, at any employment level or scope of responsibility, are eligible to be nominated for award. Prior nominees are not eligible. Each hospital or nursing school member of Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council s Nurse Executives Committee is eligible to nominate one individual for award. Each nominating entity has an internal selection process to facilitate making an appropriate nomination.

9 2014 NURSE OF EXCELLENCE HONOREE Renee Gilchrist, RN, BSN North Shore University Hospital Renee Gilchrist, RN, BSN, provides highly skilled care to patients in North Shore University Hospital s cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTU). She has practiced nursing for more than 39 years, 20 of which have been spent in CTU nursing. She embodies ideal personal attributes for a nurse: she is gracious, warm, nurturing, a skilled communicator, a confident leader, a consummate professional with her patients, ir families, her colleagues. Renee s excellent character is complemented by her significant professional accomplishments. CTU nursing is its own challenge, treating highly acute complex patient populations. She not only meets this challenge, but has distinguished herself as unit s skin care expert. The hospital s Skin Care Team leader noted that, marked improvements in accuracy documentation in CTU are a direct result of Renee s work. After noticing that many complex patients were experiencing skin breakdown on ir heels, she partnered with Skin Care Team to trial a new device to address problem. Her efforts, which included training staff on use of device data collection, resulted in a 50 percent decrease in skin breakdown in CTU. Renee furred her work in this area with an IRB-approved research study into CTU patients who developed pressure ulcers, which indicated that type of disease in post-operative period, length of surgery all may be related to pressure ulcer development in post-open heart surgery patients. She is a published author, with an article published in Journal of Nursing Care Quality, in addition to several poster presentations on skin care. Humanitarian pursuits round out this excellent honoree s accomplished résumé. While taking on responsibility of raising two grchildren after her daughter succumbed to cancer, Renee remains active in her church several community organizations. She teaches heart healthy classes for American Heart Association at Grace Luran School, organizes a community health fair for New Vision of Hope Ministries, volunteers her time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. In her personal statement to nomination committee, Renee eloquently summed up motivation that drives her to challenge assumptions demonstrate leadership in nursing. She said, It is important that staff nurses know that by asking a question exploring answers, a bedside nurse like me can make a difference not only in lives of patients we care for directly, but in lives of so many patients who we will never know. The power of nursing is tremendous far reaching.

10 2014 NURSE OF EXCELLENCE NOMINEES Renee Brookhaven Gilchrist, Memorial RN, BSN Hospital Medical Center North Amy Castiglia, Shore University RN, BA, Hospital Critical Care Registered Nurse Renee An accomplished Gilchrist, RN, critical BSN, care provides nurse, highly Amy provides skilled care a calm, to patients confident, in North Shore skilled University approach Hospital s when providing cardiothoracic to her intensive patients, care as well unit as (CTU). interacting She care has with practiced family nursing or clinical for more staff. than 39 Amy years, has been 20 of an which RN for have five been years spent works in CTU surgical nursing. intensive She embodies care unit. ideal She personal shares her attributes experience, for a nurse: knowledge, she is gracious, skill through warm, active nurturing, participation a skilled communicator, on nursing councils. a confident natural leader, leadership a consummate educator skills Her professional have established with her patients, as a role-model ir families, for nursing her a colleagues. sought after mentor Renee s excellent character is complemented by her significant professional accomplishments. Eastern Long Isl CTU Hospital nursing is its own Allison challenge, Skrezec, RN, treating BSN, MSN, highly Quality acute Analyst complex patient populations. She not only meets this challenge, but has Allison s varied nursing background distinguished herself as unit s skin encompasses more than 20 years, care expert. The hospital s Skin Care focusing on public health nursing, dialysis, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, Team leader noted that, marked improvements in accuracy documentation in CTU are a direct cardiac care, case management, recently quality analysis. In this role result of Renee s work. After noticing she is directly responsible for oversight of CMS Joint that many complex patients were experiencing skin breakdown on ir Commission quality, outcome, heels, she partnered with Skin structural measures. She analyzes Care Team to trial a new device to data, identifies trends, provides address problem. Her efforts, education as needed to interdisciplinary healthcare team medical which included training staff on use of device data collection, staff. She carefully researches topics resulted in a 50 percent decrease in utilizes appropriate literature skin breakdown in CTU. Renee furred her work in this area with an IRB-approved research study into CTU patients who developed pressure ulcers, which indicated that type of disease preceptor. in post-operative Her unit has achieved period, significant length of sustained surgery all improvements with to pressure such metrics ulcer as development central line post-open infections heart nursing surgery patients. quality indi- may be related She cators. is a She published took over author, local with volunteer published efforts in in her neighborhood Journal of Nursing an article Care during Quality, after in addition super storm several Sy, poster gaining presentations both grant funding on skin care. donations to provide building supplies to Humanitarian homeowners. pursuits She is round actively out this excellent involved in honoree s her community s accomplished reconstruction While efforts. taking She listens on responsi- résumé. bility humanizes of raising two healthcare grchildren experience. after her daughter succumbed to cancer, Renee remains active in her church several community organizations. She teaches heart healthy classes for American Heart Association at Grace Luran School, organizes a community health fair for New Vision when making recommendations for of Hope Ministries, volunteers her improvements. Allison works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. medical staff to ensure that processes systems are implemented according to evidence-based In her personal statement to nomination committee, Renee eloquently medicine. She acts as a nurse preceptor for newly hired nurses. The many summed up motivation that drives characteristics she exhibits are being her to challenge assumptions respectful of ors ir ideas, demonstrate leadership in nursing. continuously seeking new knowledge, She said, It is important that staff good communication skills, initiative to ensure new goals pro- nurses know that by asking a question exploring answers, a bedside grams are planned implemented nurse like me can make a difference effectively. not only in lives of patients we care for directly, but in lives of so many patients who we will never know. The power of nursing is tremendous far reaching.

11 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee Franklin Gilchrist, HospitalRN, BSN North Johane Shore Charleron, University BSN-RN, Hospital Core Measure Coordinator Renee For Gilchrist, past six years RN, BSN, Johane provides has highly been at skilled Franklin care Hospital to patients in in North Shore telemetry/medicine University Hospital s service. cardiothoracic at intensive hospital care she took unit (CTU). lead She in Early on has evidence-based practiced nursing unit projects. for more She than 39 partnered years, 20 with of which stroke have coordinator been spent to streamline CTU nursing. evidence-based She embodies care for her ideal patients personal attributes telemetry for unit. a nurse: Then she accepted is gracious, warm, position nurturing, stroke a skilled coordinator communicator, became a confi- of dent clinical leader, expert liaison a consummate between professional neurology, emergency with her patients, medicine, ir families, nursing departments. her colleagues. Last year she was given oversight for all core Renee s measures, excellent inclusive character of myocardial is complemented infarction, by heart her significant failure, professional sepsis, accomplishments. CTU nursing is its own challenge, treating highly acute complex patient populations. She not Glen only Cove meets Hospital this challenge, but has distinguished Carol Convey, RN, herself BSN as unit s skin care expert. The hospital s Skin Care Team leader noted that, marked Carol has been a bedside nurse for 30 improvements in accuracy documentation in CTU are a direct years, during that time has developed a passion for palliative care. As a result of Renee s work. After noticing vital part of unit she performs that many complex patients were operational duties while in charge experiencing skin breakdown on ir is a resource to unit. She is part of heels, she partnered with Skin a collaborative team provides Care Team to trial a new device to innovative ideas strategies for address problem. Her efforts, patient improvement. She is on Glen which included training staff on use of Cove s Palliative Care Committee device data collection, is clinical lead for Advanced resulted in a 50 percent decrease in Illness Collaborative that is taking skin breakdown in CTU. Renee furred her work in this area with an place between North Shore LIJ Health System Institute for Health IRB-approved research study into CTU patients who developed pressure ulcers, which indicated that type of disease which transitioned in post-operative her into period, role of Core length Measure of Coordinator. surgery all She may is be related hospital s to pressure site representative ulcer development at all of in post-open core measure heart system surgery meetings patients. She uses is a published this setting author, to exchange with article processes published in practices Journal across of Nursing Care health Quality, system. in As addition a preceptor several for new poster staff, she presentations offers guidance on skin care. support, exemplifies professionalism Humanitarian in nursing. She pursuits is involved round in various out this excellent community honoree s activities accomplished attending health résumé. screenings, While health taking fairs on participates of on raising local community two grchildren boards. after She responsibility her is a daughter positive role succumbed model to inspires cancer, Renee staff. remains active in her church several community organizations. She teaches heart healthy classes for American Heart Association at Grace Luran School, organizes a community health fair for New Vision of Hope Ministries, volunteers her time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. Improvement. She precepts younger nurses shows m by example what nursing is about. As a In her personal statement to nomination committee, Renee eloquently palliative care champion she educates her hospital patients local nursing summed up motivation that drives home residents about advanced directives. She also is involved in blood her to challenge assumptions demonstrate leadership in nursing. pressure screening, vaccinations, She said, It is important that staff promoting education on advanced nurses know that by asking a question directives in community. Carol is exploring answers, a bedside dedicated not only to her patients, but nurse like me can make a difference her profession as well, which she constantly strives to improve. not only in lives of patients we care for directly, but in lives of so many patients who we will never know. The power of nursing is tremendous far reaching.

12 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee Good Samaritan Gilchrist, RN, Hospital BSN Medical Center North Kathleen Shore Cleary, University RN, BSN, Hospital Nurse Manager Pediatrics/PICU, Interim Nurse Manager, Adult Telemetry Renee Gilchrist, RN, BSN, provides disease in post-operative period, highly In 1993 skilled Kathleen care joined to patients staff in North at her own length professional surgery all personal may be Shore Good Samaritan University Hospital s Hospital. She cardiothoracic responsible intensive for care patient unit care (CTU). in pedi- She in post-open clinical nurses. heart surgery Over patients. past four is related growth, to as pressure well as ulcer development of has atrics practiced nursing PICU 24 for hours more a day, than She months is a published also has author, taken with on an article of interim published nurse in manager Journal in of Nursing adult role 39 seven years, days 20 a of week. which She have ensures been compliance in to CTU stards nursing. of She care embodies prac- Care telemetry Quality, unit. in Kathleen addition to has several partici- spent tice ideal by supervising personal attributes personnel, for a poster pated in presentations numerous evidence-based on skin care. nurse: planning she is gracious, evaluating warm, all care nurturing, appropriate a skilled to communicator, pediatric popula- a confi- Humanitarian studies. She routinely pursuits participates round out this in practice projects nursing research dent tion, leader, maintains a consummate all operational excellent children s honoree s health fairs accomplished parental professional aspects with units her by patients, participating ir in résumé. educational While seminars. taking on She serves responsibility a role of model raising for two her grchildren nurse manager after as families, budget preparation her colleagues. monitoring resources. Throughout her 30 years in her colleagues daughter as succumbed well as clinical to cancer, Renee s nursing, she excellent has learned character to see is complementelenges as by opportunities her significant to professional enhance several community organizations. chal- Renee nurses. remains active in her church accomplishments. CTU nursing is its She teaches heart healthy classes for own challenge, treating highly acute American Heart Association at complex patient populations. She Grace Luran School, organizes a not Huntington only meets Hospital this challenge, but has community health fair for New Vision distinguished Carlene Williams, herself MS, RNC-OB, as Assistant unit s skin Nurse Manager of Hope Ministries, volunteers her care expert. The hospital s Skin Care time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer Team leader noted that, marked clinic that provides free care to uninsured peers supervisors low-income patients. as a strong crit- improvements Carlene started in her accuracy career in health documentation care in 1996 in CTU has are been a direct an RN for ical thinker with outsting organizational her skills, personal a professional statement to image, nomi- result 12 years. of Renee s Presently, work. she After is noticing night In that shift many assistant complex nurse patients manager were of nation an enthusiastic committee, personality. Renee eloquently She is an experiencing labor delivery skin breakdown unit at Huntington ir summed adjunct clinical up instructor motivation at that Suffolk drives heels, Hospital. she Her partnered responsibilities with are Skinwork- ing collaboratively Team to trial a with new nursing device staff, to demonstrate her church, she leadership manages in nursing. health her County to challenge Community assumptions College. Active in Care address support staff problem. physicians, Her efforts, performing included direct patient training care staff in on use deliv- of nurses program, know helps that by underprivileged asking a question She office said, of its It children s is important summer that staff camp which ery room. device As a maternal/child data collection, clinical through exploring holidays, answers, a bedside volunteers resulted instructor, in she a 50 is percent responsible decrease for teaching breakdown supervising in nursing CTU. Renee students fur- not Teddy only Bear in Clinic. lives She of is fair patients true we in nurse her time like at me can hospital s make a monthly difference skin red in clinical her work setting. this She area is with an integral member of research many hospital study into coun- CTU many she believes patients in, who with we a positive will never outlook know. an care to her for ideals directly, but sts in up lives for what of so IRB-approved patients cils. Carlene who is developed recognized pressure by her The power a contagious of nursing sense is tremendous of humor. ulcers, which indicated that type of far reaching.

13 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee John T. Gilchrist, Mar Memorial RN, BSNHospital North Mary Ferrara, Shore University BSN, RN, Hospital OCN, Nurse Manager Medical, Surgery Oncology Infusion Center Renee For 14 Gilchrist, years Mary RN, has BSN, worked provides at J. T. highly Mar skilled in care outpatient to patients infusion North center where University she is deeply Hospital s committed cardiotho- to Shore racic nursing intensive profession care unit (CTU). hershe has patients. practiced Mary nursing presently for manages more than 39 both years, an inpatient 20 of which medical-surgical have been spent oncology in CTU unit nursing. She hospital-based embodies outpatient ideal personal infusion attributes center. She for a nurse: demonstrates she is gracious, leadership, warm, autonomy, nurturing, a innovation, skilled communicator, which are essential a confi-fodent an outpatient leader, infusion a consummate center. Her clin- professional ical expertise with her patients, leadership ir qualities are impressive. her colleagues. She families, is disease knowledgeable in post-operative in infusion rapies period, incorporates length of evidence-based surgery all may be related practice to in pressure delivering ulcer care. development She practices post-open with values heart of surgery caring patients. com- in She passion is a published goes above author, with beyond an article for her published patients, in her Journal staff, of Nursing Care unit. Committed Quality, in addition to community to several service, poster she volunteers presentations her time on at skin her care. church school, in addition to cooking Humanitarian meals at a soup pursuits kitchen. round Her sense out thisof excellent honesty, advocacy, honoree s accomplished warmth résumé. touches all While those taking who on know responsibility with her. of raising two grchildren after work her daughter succumbed to cancer, Renee remains active in her church several community organizations. She teaches heart healthy classes for American Heart Association at Grace Luran School, organizes a community health fair for New Vision Renee s excellent character is complemented by her significant professional accomplishments. Mercy Medical Center CTU nursing is its own Ardella challenge, Salanga, BSN, treating Assistant highly Nurse acute Manager complex patient populations. She not only meets this challenge, but has Ardella has been a registered nurse in assisting with development of distinguished herself as unit s skin of Hope Ministries, volunteers her for 22 years has been working at competent rehabilitation staff nurses. care expert. The hospital s Skin Care time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer Mercy Medical Center for 10 years. Her mentoring of newly hired staff or Team leader noted that, marked clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. She is currently night shift assistant nurse manager on an acute rehament is one of her many achieve- staff new to rehabilitation depart- improvements in accuracy documentation in CTU are a direct bilitation unit for medically complex, ments. Through her participation in result of Renee s work. After noticing In her personal statement to nomination committee, Renee eloquently deconditioned patients. She provides Catholic Health Services Healthy that many complex patients were thoughtful confident guidance in Sundays program, she is involved in experiencing skin breakdown on ir summed up motivation that drives many difficult patient situations, community health-based education. heels, she partnered with Skin her to challenge assumptions always maintaining patient needs Her gentle quiet demeanor contributes to her ability to affect change Care Team to trial a new device to demonstrate leadership in nursing. as priority focus. She willingly address problem. Her efforts, She said, It is important that staff shares her knowledge clinical in patient care influence staff to which included training staff on use of nurses know that by asking a question expertise with all staff, is effective achieve positive patient outcomes. device data collection, exploring answers, a bedside resulted in a 50 percent decrease in nurse like me can make a difference skin breakdown in CTU. Renee furred her work in this area with an care for directly, but in lives of so not only in lives of patients we IRB-approved research study into CTU many patients who we will never know. patients who developed pressure The power of nursing is tremendous ulcers, which indicated that type of far reaching.

14 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee Molloy Gilchrist, College RN, BSN North Geraldine Shore Moore, University EdD, Hospital MS, RN, Associate Professor Renee Being a Gilchrist, registered RN, nurse BSN, for provides more highly than 30 skilled years, care Geraldine to patients has practiced University art of nursing Hospital s in cardiotho- medical, in North Shore racic surgical, intensive telemetry, care ICU, unit (CTU). CCU She has units. practiced Presently nursing she teaches for more undergraduate years, nursing 20 of which courses have in been research, than 39 spent professionalism, in CTU nursing. community She embodies health. ideal Her personal responsibilities attributes include for a nurse: serving she as a is moderator gracious, warm, of nurturing, Student a skilled Association, communicator, reviewing a confi- Nursing dent Doctoral leader, Comprehensive a consummate professional Examinations, with her participating patients, ir in college-wide committees. her colleagues. Geraldine is families, actively involved in research has Renee s published excellent numerous character articles, is complemented by her significant professional accomplishments. CTU nursing is its own challenge, treating highly acute Nassau complex Community patient populations. College She not Mary only Ellen meets LaSala, this RN, challenge, MS, Associate but Professor has distinguished herself as unit s skin care expert. The hospital s Skin Care As an Associate Professor of Nursing Team leader noted that, marked since 1999 a nurse for more than improvements in accuracy documentation in CTU are a direct 30 years, Mary Ellen provides didactic clinical experiences for students of Nassau Community College. result of Renee s work. After noticing that many complex patients were She has achieved expertise in experiencing skin breakdown on ir areas of medical-surgical, pediatric, heels, she partnered with Skin community health nursing. She Care Team to trial a new device to provides her students with active address problem. Her efforts, learning case studies, skills labs, which included training staff on use of simulation scenarios that will prepare device data collection, m for rigors of changing resulted in a 50 percent decrease in healthcare system. She also maintains her knowledge of a nursing prac- skin breakdown in CTU. Renee furred her work in this area with an tice as a visiting nurse for both adult IRB-approved research study into CTU patients who developed pressure ulcers, which indicated that type of disease presents in her research post-operative various period, conferences. length At of present, surgery she is all promoting may be related Narcan to education pressure for ulcer all college development campuses post-open is heart vice-chair surgery of patients. steering in She committee is a published for Asthma author, Coalition with an article Long published Isl. She in also Journal provides of Nursing asthma of Care education Quality, to staff in addition children to several in poster Nassau presentations Suffolk counties on skin care. schools. Actively involved in legislation, she Humanitarian her students participate pursuits round in out New this excellent York State honoree s Student Nurse accomplished Association résumé. Lobby Day. While She taking inspires on everyone responsibility through of raising her determination two grchildren success daughter that y succumbed can succeed. to cancer, after her Renee remains active in her church several community organizations. She teaches heart healthy classes for American Heart Association at Grace Luran School, organizes a community health fair for New Vision of Hope Ministries, volunteers her time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer pediatric patients for a community hospital s home care department. clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. Her experience in this field of nursing In is very her personal valuable statement to students to nomination nursing committee, faculty. Twice Renee a year eloquently she coordinates summed up facilitates motivation a collaborative that drives her multidisciplinary to challenge assumptions nursing student orientation workshop demonstrate leadership for freshmen. in nursing. She She volunteers said, It her is important nursing services that staff in a nurses group home know for that teenage by asking mors a question ir exploring babies with answers, guidance a bedside education. She nurse like is me a role can model make a who difference is committed not only to in nursing lives of profession patients we care lifelong for learning. directly, but in lives of so many patients who we will never know. The power of nursing is tremendous far reaching.

15 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee Nassau Gilchrist, University RN, Medical BSN Center North Varlene Shore Sauveur, University RN, CCRN Hospital Renee Varlene Gilchrist, received RN, her BSN, nursing provides degree in disease She very in involved post-operative in community s length outreach, of visiting surgery all bringing may be period, highly 2007 skilled joined care to patients medical intensive North Shore care unit University at Nassau Hospital s University cardiothoracic Center intensive care She unit cares (CTU). for She in she post-open encourages heart those surgery she patients. encounters Medical related food to clothing pressure to ulcer homeless; development has most practiced critically nursing ill patients for such more as than postcardiac years, arrest, 20 of diabetic which have coma/keto-aci- been cle assistance. published Varlene in plays Journal an of active Nursing She to seek is a medical published care author, social with work an arti- 39 spent dosis, in acute CTU strokes, nursing. pneumonias, She embodies Care role in Quality, Extended in addition Grace Ministries, to severalis traumas, ideal personal renal attributes failure. Being for a poster on ir presentations executive board, on skin collects care. nurse: go to nurse she is for gracious, critically warm, ill, nurturing, acute a skilled renal failure, communicator, she has been a confi- Humanitarian Republic, does pursuits weekly visits round to out local this as with schools supplies for Dominican dent unit leader, in a new a consummate treatment for this excellent nursing homes, honoree s accomplished works in multiple professional disease. She with was her trained patients, for continuous renal replacement her colleagues. rapy bility yearly of medical raising missions two grchildren to Haiti since after ir résumé. food pantries. While She taking has on been responsi- going families, n preceptored her fellow RNs. her daughter She very succumbed quietly to inconspicuously remains goes about active doing her what church her cancer, Renee s Varlene has excellent been cross-trained character is complemented work in by her burn significant unit, coronary professional care heart several calls her community to do. organizations. to Renee accomplishments. unit, surgical intensive CTU nursing care is unit. its She teaches heart healthy classes for own challenge, treating highly acute American Heart Association at complex patient populations. She Grace Luran School, organizes a not only meets this challenge, but has community health fair for New Vision distinguished Peconic Bay Medical herself as Center unit s skin of Hope Ministries, volunteers her care Denise expert. Gluck, RN, The MSN, hospital s DHA, CEN, Skin Nursing Care Director time for Emergency at RotaCare, Medical an all-volunteer Services Team leader noted that, marked clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. improvements in accuracy documentation As Nursing in Director CTU are for a Emergency direct hospital s catchment area result Medical of Services Renee s work. at Peconic After Bay noticing In acts her as personal a liaison statement with county s to nomination EMS bureau. committee, Currently Renee she eloquently acts as a that Medical many Center, complex Denise patients oversees were a experiencing staff of 70 with skin breakdown help of an on assistant director. ir summed mentor for up staff members motivation who that are drives heels, she partnered She has with worked at Skin her completing to challenge undergraduate assumptions master s level programs leadership in in health nursing. sci- Care hospital Team since to trial 2006 a new device has served to demonstrate address as nursing problem. director Her for efforts, EMS since She ences. said, She It chairs is important ED that task staff force which included She serves training as a clinical staff on use of nurses committee know that has by worked asking with a question an administrative device resource data collection, to staff, interdisciplinary exploring answers, team to a help bedside resulted assists with in a developing 50 percent decrease implementing in nurse decrease like lengths me can of make stay a in difference ED for skin breakdown performance in improvement CTU. Renee furred not admitted only in patients, lives which of has patients recently we programs, her work promotes in this area understing compliance with an care seen for a reduction directly, but of 20 in percent. lives of so IRB-approved research with study regulatory into CTU many Denise patients is a volunteer who we for will never local know. fire patients stards. who She developed coordinates pressure quality The department, power of currently nursing is serving tremendous as a ulcers, assurance which indicated performance that improvement with EMS type of firefighter, far reaching. EMT-Critical Care, vasopressors used agencies in surgery, that serve renal Exposure Control Officer.

16 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee Plainview Gilchrist, Hospital RN, BSN North Joan Wolff, Shore RN, University BSN, CNOR Hospital Renee In 1994 Gilchrist, Joan joined RN, BSN, Plainview provides disease department in with post-operative her knowledge period, of highly Hospital skilled in care operating to patients room. in With North specialty length equipment of surgery supplies. all may be Shore her clinical University expertise Hospital s can cardiothoracic attitude, intensive she has care enhanced unit (CTU). She OR in laborates post-open with heart physicians, surgery OR patients. leaders do related This devoted to pressure nursing ulcer professional development col- has practiced shares her nursing wealth for of knowledge more than She peers is a published to share author, in decisions with an that article ultimately published affect in Journal care of of Nursing 39 with years, staff. 20 of Because which have of her been expertise, Joan in CTU primarily nursing. functions She embodies in role Care patients. Quality, As an in active addition member to several of her spent of charge ideal personal nurse or attributes facilitator. for She a is poster church, presentations she participates on skin multiple care. nurse: involved she in is many gracious, projects warm, nurturingtives a in skilled OR. communicator, When re is a some- confi- Humanitarian Wish foundation, pursuits gars round out foodthis dent thing leader, that needs to a consummate be done, she is excellent baskets for honoree s needy. accomplished She also professional person for with job. her She patients, developed ir résumé. involved in While raising taking money for responsi- disadvan- initia- fund raisers to support Make a families, policy procedures her colleagues. for caring for bility taged of families raising in two her grchildren community. Joan after latex-sensitive patients. She assists her exemplifies daughter succumbed term of bedside to cancer, nursing leader. remains active in her church Renee s materials excellent character management is complemented by her significant professional several community organizations. Renee accomplishments. CTU nursing is its She teaches heart healthy classes for own challenge, treating highly acute American Heart Association at St. Carine complex patient of Siena populations. Medical Center She Grace Luran School, organizes a not Marianne only meets Rodriguez, this BS, challenge, RN Administrative but has Supervisor community health fair for New Vision distinguished herself as unit s skin of Hope Ministries, volunteers her care expert. The hospital s Skin Care time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer Marianne has been a nurse for 44 staff recognize ir concerns, Team leader noted that, marked clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. years, 23 of m at St. Carine s. to provide excellent customer improvements in accuracy documentation in CTU are a direct As evening shift administrative service. She has encouraged staff supervisor, she is responsible for hospital-wide operations. She has a calm result of Renee s work. After noticing In members her personal to return statement to school to nomination pursue higher that many complex patients were committee, education, Renee eloquently to become demeanor, leads by example, is flexible to needs of staff, is experiencing skin breakdown on ir summed active members up motivation of healthcare that drives heels, she partnered with Skin her delivery to challenge system. She assumptions is very active in respected by all. The patient is always Care Team to trial a new device to demonstrate her church, Girl leadership Scouts of in America nursing. focus of her decisions. She address problem. Her efforts, She Parent said, It Teacher is important Association, that staff where ensures safe quality care by appropriate assignment of competent staff, which included training staff on use of nurses she volunteers know that to raise by asking funds, a question chaperone school device data collection, exploring events, answers, a coach bedside field enlisting feedback of staff, resulted in a 50 percent decrease in nurse events. like Her me compassion can make a for difference ors overseeing throughput of skin breakdown in CTU. Renee furred her work in this area with an care not enthusiasm only in for lives life of nursing patients is we patients. Her philosophy is to assure contagious. for directly, but in lives of so stellar patient outcomes, to be fair to IRB-approved research study into CTU many patients who we will never know. patients who developed pressure The power of nursing is tremendous ulcers, which indicated that type of far reaching.

17 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee St. Charles Gilchrist, Hospital RN, BSN North Theresa Shore M. Tomkin, University BSN, Hospital RN, Nursing Care Coordinator, Emergency Department Renee As a registered Gilchrist, nurse RN, BSN, for 19 provides years in disease works complimentarily in post-operative harmoniously length with of m surgery in all situations. all may be She period, highly emergency skilled medicine, care to patients Theresa in is North an Shore interactive, University motivated, Hospital s highly cardiothoracipetent intensive manager care who unit advocates (CTU). She for her in her post-open staff that heart she would surgery not patients. do her- com- related leads by to example pressure ulcer asks development nothing of has patients practiced staff. nursing As for more nursing than care She self. is Theresa a published actively author, participates with an inarti- cle published hospital s in pediatric Journal health of fair, Nursing as 39 coordinator years, 20 she of which is responsible have been for spent budgeting, CTU staffing, nursing. policies, She embodies procedures, ideal performance personal attributes improvement for a poster gram. Always presentations looking on for skin ways care. to assist Care well as Quality, ir Healthy in addition Sundays to several pro- nurse: activities, she quality is gracious, of care, warm, safety nurtur-oing, patients. a skilled communicator, Theresa spends a a confi- great Humanitarian annual fund raiser pursuits called round Kicks out for this ors, she her family do an dent deal of leader, time coaching a consummate mentoring excellent Cancer to honoree s benefit several accomplished foundations. professional her staff. She with has her excellent patients, communications skills with her colleagues. both physicians bility to all of who raising cross two her grchildren path. after ir résumé. Theresa is While extraordinarily taking on kind responsi- fair families, staff. The physicians describe how she her daughter succumbed to cancer, Renee s excellent character is complemented by her significant professional several community organizations. Renee remains active in her church accomplishments. CTU nursing is its She teaches heart healthy classes for own St. Francis challenge, Hospital treating highly acute American Heart Association at Sra complex Bastidas, patient MSN, RN, populations. CEN, Clinical She Nurse IIIGrace Luran School, organizes a not only meets this challenge, but has community health fair for New Vision distinguished herself as unit s skin of Hope Ministries, volunteers her care An RN expert. in The emergency hospital s department Skin Care time responsible at RotaCare, for an coordination all-volunteer of Team at St. Francis leader noted for 10 that, years, marked Sra clinic clinical that orientation, provides free including care to social uninsured improvements coordinates care in accuracy for a variety of documentation acute enculturation, low-income assessment patients. of clinical critically in ill adult CTU are pediatric a direct competency, completion of competency her checklists personal statement continuous to feed- nomi- result patients. of Renee s She is an work. integral After part noticing of St. In that Francis many door complex to balloon patients initiative, were nation back to committee, orientee. Renee She is eloquently experiencing which partners skin expertise breakdown from on ir ED summed considered up an excellent motivation role that model drives by heels, cardiac she partnered caterization with lab Skin to her to peers. challenge Sra assumptions goes yearly med- ical missions leadership to developing nursing. countries; Care expedite Team care. to trial In a new absence device of to an demonstrate address assistant nurse problem. manager Her she efforts, She her goal said, is It to is participate important in that two staff per which assumes included role training of charge staff nurse, on use of nurses year. She know has that ability by asking to maintain a question managing device patient data flow collection, from triage her composure exploring answers, even in a bedside most trying resulted area to inpatient in a 50 percent beds. She decrease undertakes in nurse situations, like me which can is make key a difference to being a skin breakdown role of in preceptor CTU. for Renee nurses furred not successful only in nurse lives of leader. patients we new to her ED. work In in this this role area she with is an care for directly, but in lives of so IRB-approved research study into CTU many patients who we will never know. patients who developed pressure The power of nursing is tremendous ulcers, which indicated that type of far reaching.

18 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee St. Joseph Gilchrist, Hospital RN, BSN North Yun Qian, Shore RN, University BSN, ANCC Hospital Medical/Surgical Renee Yun is an Gilchrist, outsting RN, BSN, bedside provides medical/surgical skilled RN care who to patients provides in North She length mentors of student surgery nurses all may be pre- disease extremely in supportive post-operative of period, staff. highly Shore highest University quality of Hospital s care to her cardiothoracic delivers intensive this care care unit with (CTU). compas- She in grant post-open from China, heart she surgery understs patients. patients, related cepts newly to pressure hired RNs. ulcer As development an immi- has sion practiced uncompromising nursing for more ethics. than Yun She hardships is a published of struggling author, with an arti- cle language published in customs Journal in a new of Nursing coun- 39 has years, been at 20 St. of Joseph s which have Hospital been spent since 2003 in CTU nursing. an RN She since embodies Care try. She Quality, has assisted in addition to hosted several students from presentations China to adjust on skin to care. our She ideal is well-qualified personal attributes to care for any a poster nurse: medical she or surgical is gracious, patient. warm, As nurturing, holder a skilled of an ONS communicator, Chemorapy a confi- Humanitarian able sense of community pursuits round out a dedi- this American lifestyle. Yun has a remarkdent Biorapy leader, Provider a consummate card, she is qualified to administer with her chemorapy. patients, ir She résumé. strongly in While values taking of on hard responsi- work, excellent cation to her honoree s profession. accomplished She believes professional families, assumes charge her duties colleagues. with ease bility morality of raising an two education. grchildren after her daughter succumbed to cancer, Renee s excellent character is complemented by her significant professional several community organizations. Renee remains active in her church accomplishments. South Nassau Communities CTU nursing Hospital is its She teaches heart healthy classes for own Jacquelyn challenge, Rosen, RN, treating PMH CNS-BC highly acute Clinical Nurse Specialist American Heart Association at complex patient populations. She Grace Luran School, organizes a not only meets this challenge, but has community health fair for New Vision As a clinical nurse specialist, strengn professional development clinical knowledge of distinguished herself as unit s skin of Hope Ministries, volunteers her Jacquelyn embraces all her roles with care expert. The hospital s Skin Care time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer passion, commitment, expertise. nursing staff. She is an excellent communicator adept problem-solver Team leader noted that, marked clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. She has worked at South Nassau for improvements in accuracy documentation in CTU are a direct 21 years as an RN for 28. As an who is sought after as a leader educator, she works collaboratively to participant on many committees result of Renee s work. After noticing In her personal statement to nomination committee, Renee eloquently exp knowledge skills of councils. As a psychiatric/mental that many complex patients were nurses at all levels. In her role as a health CNS, Jacki works with nursing experiencing skin breakdown on ir summed up motivation that drives researcher, she co-chairs hospital s research evidence-based with complex psychosocial problems. staff on all units that care for patients heels, she partnered with Skin her to challenge assumptions Care Team to trial a new device to demonstrate leadership in nursing. practice council. As a consultant, she An active member of her community s address problem. Her efforts, She said, It is important that staff advises nursing staff on a variety of PTA, she also contributes to nursing s which included training staff on use of nurses know that by asking a question projects she shares her expertise body of knowledge through her many device data collection, exploring answers, a bedside in hospital s multidisciplinary educational mentoring efforts. resulted in a 50 percent decrease in nurse like me can make a difference forums. Her primary objective is to skin breakdown in CTU. Renee furred her work in this area with an care for directly, but in lives of so not only in lives of patients we IRB-approved research study into CTU many patients who we will never know. patients who developed pressure The power of nursing is tremendous ulcers, which indicated that type of far reaching.

19 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee Southampton Gilchrist, Hospital RN, BSN North Patricia Shore Wright, University RN, BSN, Hospital IBCLC Renee For 27 Gilchrist, years, Patricia RN, BSN, has practiced provides disease consultant. in She post-operative shares her education, period, highly nursing skilled presently care to patients works in in labor North enthusiasm, length of knowledge surgery all may of breastfeeding to with pressure nurses, ulcer physicians, development be Shore delivery. University She Hospital s is trained cardiothoracipetent intensive all aspects care unit of nursery, (CTU). She post- in post-open midwives. heart She surgery is a proud patients. volun- com- related has partum, practiced labor nursing for delivery more than care; She teer is as a published puppy raiser author, for Canine with an article Companions published for in Independence, Journal of Nursing which 39 she years, also circulates 20 of which in have operating been spent room in CTU recovery nursing. room. She She embodies communicates ideal clearly personal attributes openly for is acom- poster more independent presentations lives. on skin In doing care. so, Care helps Quality, people in with addition disabilities to several to live nurse: petent she is highly gracious, skilled warm, in all nurturing, of her a skilled position. communicator, She shares her a confi- knowl- Humanitarian pies from eight pursuits weeks to round 18 out 20this dent edge leader, with ors a consummate is a good men- excellent months old honoree s has accomplished successfully phases she must work train se pup- professional tor. Going beyond with her patients, expectations irof résumé. trained four While of m. taking She on is admired responsibility respected of raising two by all grchildren staff withafter her positive personality. Patricia is an her whom daughter she works. succumbed to cancer, families, her job comes her easy colleagues. to this nurse with Renee s international excellent board-certified character is lactation complemented by her significant professional several community organizations. Renee remains active in her church accomplishments. CTU nursing is its She teaches heart healthy classes for own challenge, treating highly acute American Heart Association at Southside complex Hospital patient populations. She Grace Luran School, organizes a not Natalie only Voigt, meets BSN, this MSN, challenge, Assistant but Nurse has Manager community health fair for New Vision distinguished herself as unit s skin of Hope Ministries, volunteers her care expert. The hospital s Skin Care time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer Natalie has worked at Southside for requests on her unit are met. Working Team leader noted that, marked clinic that provides free care to uninsured low-income patients. two--a-half years, where she is an well with or departments, she improvements in accuracy documentation in CTU are a direct assistant nurse manager on a 42-bed accommodates staff by assisting telemetry cardio thoracic post-surgical unit. The majority of diagnoses result of Renee s work. After noticing In with her all personal tasks statement issues. During to this nomination that many complex patients were past Christmas committee, holiday, Renee Natalie eloquently used for this unit include chest pain, congestive heart failure, coronary artery experiencing skin breakdown on ir summed her holiday up week motivation to do mission that work drives in heels, she partnered with Skin her Haiti. to She challenge visited assumptions se earthquake bypass graft, valve replacements. Care Team to trial a new device to demonstrate devastated villages leadership by setting in nursing. up clinics, doing She has been a nurse for eight years address problem. Her efforts, She said, It assessments, is important that providing staff is a committed organized professional who adjusts to a fast-paced, which included training staff on use of nurses wound care know that triage. by asking She a is question an device data collection, inspiration exploring to answers, entire a nursing bedside stress-filled environment. She makes resulted in a 50 percent decrease in nurse profession. like me can make a difference sure that all patient s needs skin breakdown in CTU. Renee furred her work in this area with an care for directly, but in lives of so not only in lives of patients we IRB-approved research study into CTU many patients who we will never know. patients who developed pressure The power of nursing is tremendous ulcers, which indicated that type of far reaching.

20 NOMINEES (CONTINUED) Renee Stony Brook Gilchrist, University RN, BSN Hospital North Stacy L. Shore Heuschneider, University Hospital RN, MS, BSN, NP-C, CCRN, ACNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist Renee For 11 Gilchrist, years Stacy RN, has BSN, held provides various disease tracheostomy. in post-operative Along with her or period, highly roles in skilled nursing. care Presently to patients she in is North a certified critical University care Hospital s nurse, a certified cardiotho- related clinical faculty to pressure coordinator ulcer development for responsibilities, length of Stacy surgery is all adjunct may be Shore racic critical intensive care nurse care practitioner, unit (CTU). She in school post-open of nursing. heart She surgery lectures, patients. is a has clinical practiced nurse specialist nursing for on more a respiratory years, step-down 20 of unit. which She have maintains been cle research published studies. in She Journal sits on of Nursing than She researcher, is a published has author, published with several an arti- 39 spent quality in CTU safety nursing. on her She unit embodies as Care University Quality, School in addition of Nursing s to several Alumni clinical ideal expert personal at attributes bedside. for Stacy poster Board as presentations bylaws chairperson skin care. nurse: monitors she quality is gracious, metrics warm, every nurturing, her unit a skilled such communicator, as fall prevention, a confi- vacci- Humanitarian AACN Long pursuits Isl Chapter round out secre- this day on student representative, as well as dent nation, leader, pressure ulcer a consummate prevention, excellent tary. She does honoree s community accomplished volunteering of blood While pressure taking on cholesterol responsi- professional CAUTI, CLABSI with her prevention. patients, ir She résumé. families, her staff her have colleagues. been instrumental bility screenings. of raising To her two nursing grchildren staff she after is in research improving patient safety her a leader, daughter expert succumbed at bedside, to cancer, mentor, educator, remains active friend. in her church Renee s quality excellent outcomes character for patients is complemented by her significant professional several community organizations. with Renee accomplishments. CTU nursing is its She teaches heart healthy classes for own challenge, treating highly acute American Heart Association at Stony complex Brook patient University School populations. She of Nursing Grace Luran School, organizes a not Brenda only L. meets Janotha, this RN, challenge, DNP, D, Department but haschair, community Undergraduate health Studies/Clinical fair for New Associate Vision distinguished Professor herself as unit s skin of Hope Ministries, volunteers her care expert. The hospital s Skin Care time at RotaCare, an all-volunteer Team leader noted that, marked clinic that provides free care to uninsured area of low-income clinical practice, patients. she has improvements Brenda has been in accuracy an integral part documentation School in of Nursing CTU are since a direct joining written multiple publications done of result faculty of in Renee s 2008, where work. she After teaches noticing In presentations her personal on statement topics such to as liver nomination diseases, committee, rheumatic Renee diseases, eloquently that practices many complex clinically patients as anwere experiencing advanced practice skin breakdown nurse. She on maintains her she clinical partnered expertise with through Skin her chronic to challenge illness on assumptions patient s well- ir summed fibromyalgia, up motivation impact that of drives heels, Care direct Team practice to trial as an a new adult device nurse toprac- titioner in primary problem. care Her efforts, pain man- She ication said, to student It is important outcomes that at staff demonstrate being. Brenda s leadership commitment in nursing. ded- address which agement. included She is training genuinely staff concerned use of nurses highest know level resulted that by asking her a being question honored exploring with an appointment answers, a bedside to with device her patient s data well-being collection, ir resulted attainment a of 50 high percent overall decrease health in nurse Presidential-Provostial like me can make White a difference House skin functionality. breakdown In in academic CTU. Renee realm, furred she is steadfastly her work in dedicated this area with to pro- an care She is for an directly, individual but of in tremendous lives of so not Student only in Pipeline lives Initiative of patients Task Force. we IRB-approved gram planning, research curriculum study reform, into CTU many solidity, patients strength, who intelligence, we will never know. patients student achievement who developed pressure success. In The drive. power of nursing is tremendous ulcers, which indicated that type of far reaching.

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