Cameos of Caring

Bedside nurses who consistently demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the art and science of nursing coupled with a strong desire to use this knowledge to improve patient care are selected as Cameos of Caring.

The honorees are:

Toni Doyle, BSN, RN
Atrium Medical Center

Doyle HSThe nominee has assumed the role of chairperson of the PEN committee at Atrium Medical Center, as she is passionate about staff education and empowerment through knowledge. She recognizes that encouraging other nurses to pursue PEN will showcase the many accomplishments and knowledge/skill level that Atrium nurses have. She has actively worked with the staff in our department, assisting them with their PEN packets, finding opportunities for education and committee memberships. She has encouraged all of the nurses in the cath lab to become PEN nurses and succeeded in having 88 percent apply! In addition, she has provided assistance and mentoring for other nurses throughout Atrium in their pursuit of PEN recognition. She is a role model in her dedication to her efforts.

Tori Hite, BSN, RN
Upper Valley Medical Center

Hite HSWithout a doubt, every day is a great day when working with this nominee. As one of the team leaders, she shines like an angel with her competence in providing clinical assistance to her colleagues and compassion to our patients and families. Her passion for nursing is evidenced by her optimism, selfless generosity, and motivation to do her best while holding her colleagues accountable to give their best as well. She is the prime example of nursing excellence, evidenced by her willingness to do even the smallest things with great love.

Tina Moore, RN
Fidelity Health Care

Moore HSThis employee serves as a model as best in practice for our organization. As a “weekend warrior” she dedicates herself to ensuring all possible avenues are explored for each of her patients. She follows through with other disciplines and advocates in a way that exceeds my expectations frequently. She has worked on her days off at the very first request and will often help during the week. Working two 12-hour shifts, she could easily become overwhelmed by the different needs and requirements of her patients, but if that happens she never lets it show. She proactively studies her patients’ charts and anticipates needs or concerns to be addressed prior to discharge. During stressful situations, she focuses on patient needs and is an advocate for those whom she feels need us the most. For me personally, she is what I envision a home-care nurse would be. Her compassion for our patients and her dedication to our vision have not wavered during the eight years I have known her. She is consistent and sincere and never wavers in her care of every patient.

Emily Townsend BSN, RN, OCN
Good Samaritan Hospital

Townsend HSThis nurse has been at Good Samaritan Hospital for 14 years after the closing of St. Elizabeth. She has 19 years of oncology nursing experience. She began as a staff nurse and was promoted to team leader. From the day I met her, it was obvious that she had all the attributes of an excellent nurse. She is kind, caring, and compassionate. She has a special gift of instilling confidence and trust in everyone she meets. This is important when caring for a newly diagnosed cancer patient and their family. She has a very calming effect, which helps to put patients’ fears to rest. She is a patient advocate and is always looking ahead to anticipate their needs to ensure their cancer journey is as smooth as possible. She successfully combines the roles of direct patient care and management. She is actively involved in five committees and councils. She is a strong proponent of higher education, having her BSN and being enrolled in a program to obtain her Master’s Degree in Nursing. She leads her staff to achieve our core values of respect, integrity, compassion, and excellence. This special person embodies every part of the positive characteristics we all think of when we hear the word “nurse”!

Lynn Zack, RN
Miami Valley Hospital

Zach HSThis nurse is exemplary in every aspect. She is integral to the inner working of the operating room. She is an awesome team leader who has worked every position in our department. She is a wealth of information and a go- to-person for questions because she is truly an expert in her field. When she proctors, she is amazing at showing our staff how to be professional, compassionate, and teach the standard of excellence that our patients and surgeons expect. This nurse is always willing to lend a helping hand by completing tasks. This nurse displays excellent patient care, develops great working relationships with staff members and surgeons alike, and is always willing to tackle projects to improve the operating room. She always remains calm, mentors others, and troubleshoots situations for the best answer. She is highly respected with not only the staff, but also the surgeons and anesthesiologists. She engages the patients and families by discussing their experience, taking their ideas and suggestions and making a plan to improve the patient experience. Lynn is truly an amazing employee and goes above and beyond for our staff and patients to ensure that they are getting the best care. She is what other nurses are striving to be – exceptional caregivers with expert- level knowledge, focused on delivering excellent care to every person, every time. We are blessed to have her on our team.

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Source: Premier Health Nursing

Content Updated: June 2, 2016

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