National Nurses Week events Set for May

By Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC & Annette Drake, MS, RN, CRRN, CBIS  

Spring brings changing weather and national recognition for nurses leading to improve patient care outcomes. Certified Nurses Day™ on March 19 honored nurses’ contributions to better patient outcomes. A registered nurse license allows nurses to practice, whereas professional certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of nursing. 

We celebrate and acknowledge those nurses who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty. Currently Premier Health has more than 750 nurses certified in their practice specialty. Also, we encourage and invite all nurses eligible to advance their career by choosing a professional certification. 

Nationally, the art and science of nursing is celebrated during a week in the month of May.  Every year, Premier Health leaders choose to recognize nursing for its many contributions to health care the week prior to hospital week. In 2017, National Nurses Week will be observed May 1-7 at Premier Health with events celebrating nurses in all settings and roles, as well as our partners in practice, the patient care technicians and health unit coordinators who work so closely with us. Below is a summary of the week’s events: 

Theme: Celebrating Our History
NDNQI RN Satisfaction Survey May 1-21; Panera Gift coupons for all nurses, PCTs, HUCs 

Monday, May 1 Tuesday, May 2 Wednesday, May 3 Thursday, May 4 Friday, May 5
Comedy Improv Topic: Lessons on Listening (Justin Howard, Black Box Theatre) Video/Live events - Fidelity, MVH, GSH (closed in 2018), GSNHC (Miami Valley Hospital North as of July 23, 2018), AMC, UVMC, PSS, MVHS PosterWalks (highlight EBP of councils, nurses, Versant residency, PEN clinical ladder nurses, Shared Governance/ Professional Practice Model, Certified Nurses, Daisy & Hero winners) Seven sites to be included: Fidelity, MVH, GSH, AMC, UVMC, PSS, MVHS
Nursing Excellence Banquet by invitation only at 6:00 pm at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, where more than 50 award winners will be recognized.
PCT/HUC day- Pat O’Malley education live events at AMC, MVHS, MVH, GSH, UVMC CNO Thank you rounding Cinco De Mayo Unit celebrations organized by leadership (may occur off shift and any day as best works for department)

Thank you to all the chief nursing officers and the Nursing Recognition Committee members for their advocacy, leadership, and countless hours recognizing our nursing teams:

  • Jessica Hallum, MSN, RN  - Nursing director at MVH
  • Linda Raterman, BSN, RN - Clinical nurse 6SAC at MVH
  • Jenny Spalding, RN, CRRN - Clinical nurse - rehab at MVH
  • Amy Stockman, MS, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE - Administrative director of nursing operations at GSH
  • Alena Weaver CHAIR Committee, RN - Interim associate nurse manager HV2 at GSH
  • Brenda Wade, BSN, RN - Manager, patient flow/referral management at GSH
  • Daisy Dronen, BSN, RN - Administrative officer at GSH
  • Argi Kasich,  BSN, RN - Nursing clinical educator HV2 at GSH
  • Kristin Jones, BSN, RN - Oasis/outcomes resource nurse at Fidelity
  • Mary Walters, MSN, RN, CRNI, NEA-BC - Chief nursing officer at Fidelity
  • Christie Banford, BSN RN - Nursing manager - medical/surgical and oncology at Atrium
  • Toni Doyle, BSN, RN - Cath lab clinical nurse at Atrium
  • Rosita (Rose) Johnson, MS, RN, CNS - Clinical nurse specialist at Atrium
  • Amber Montgomery, BSN, RN - Nursing clinical educator ACU at Atrium
  • Teri Gulker, BSN, MAOM, RN - Nursing director at UVMC
  • Jenna Geuy, BSN, RN-BC - Amb surg clinical nurse at UVMC
  • Lori Conner Co-Chair Committee, BSN, RN - PAT contact center clinical nurse at PSS
  • Angela Wale, MSN, RN - at PSS/MVH
  • Lisa Shrewsbury, Patient care services department assistant at PSS
  • Julie Bondurant, BSN, RN, MAOL - Innovate clinical project manager at PSS
  • Kelly Sodders Facilitator Committee, BSN, RN, NE-BC - Magnet program manager at PSS/GSH/ UVMC/ Fidelity
  • Annette Drake, MS, RN, CRRN, CBIS - Magnet program manager at PSS/AMC/MVH
  • Barb Miller, CHUC, CSC - HUC liaison/educator/clinical comp sys trainer at PSS
  • Liz Kempfer, MSN, RN - Nurse educator, Premier Learning Institute at PSS

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