Thursday, May 14, 2015

Nurses Recognized for Spirit and Compassion

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – More than a dozen Georgia Regents University and Health System nurses were recognized at the 2015 Spirit of Nursing Showcase hosted by the CSRA Chapter of the Georgia Nurses Association. The annual Showcase and awards banquet is a celebration of National Nurses Week, which each year begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

The following nurses received Spirit of Nursing awards for exemplifying a true spirit of caring and commitment to the nursing profession – whether delivering direct patient care services or leading others:

Renee Flippo 
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Biobehavioral Nursing
Dr. Amber McCall
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Physiological and Technological Nursing
Gail Cantrell
Senior Staff Nurse, IV Therapy Team, Georgia Regents Medical Center
Anne Gadia
Senior Staff Nurse, Operating Room, Children’s Hospital of Georgia
Tammy Harris
Senior Staff Nurse
Family Medicine
David Highsmith
Staff Nurse, Operating Room, GRMC
Donna Kolb
Senior Staff Nurse, Epilepsy Unit, CHOG
Kasey McGill
Senior Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, GRMC
Yakita Rouse
Senior Staff Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, GRMC
Traci Talman
Senior Staff Nurse, Adolescent Clinic, CHOG
McKenzie Vick
Staff Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, CHOG
Deanna Williams
Senior Staff Nurse, Emergency Medicine, GRMC

In addition, McCall and Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Wright, also in Physiological and Technological Nursing, were awarded Spirit awards on behalf of nursing sorority Sigma Theta Tau, and the Georgia Association of Peri Anesthesia Nurses recognized GAPAN member Gloria Moxley in Preanesthesia at CHOG with a Spirit of Nursing award.

Nurse of the Year nominees in the staff nurse category were Cara Collins and Nancy Green, both Senior Staff Nurses in Emergency Medicine, and the College of Nursing’s McCall was nominated in the category of nurse educator/researcher/clinical nurse leader.

Amy McKeen, a pediatric nurse in the CHOG Cystic Fibrosis Center, was 2014 CSRA Nurse of the Year. McKeen and this year’s Spirit winners are featured in the May/June issue of Augusta Family Magazine in the Spirit of Nursing special section.

According to the American Nurses Association, there are about 3 million registered nurses in the United States today. About 1,300 of them deliver care at GRHealth. Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that has grown tremendously over the past few decades. Most people associate nurses with hospitals, but hospitals are just one of the many areas where today’s nurses practice.

Nearly 70 faculty nurses at GRU’s College of Nursing work in the classroom, teaching and training tomorrow’s patient care teams. Nurses are also earning advanced degrees, such as the nurse practitioner degree, and are operating a variety of medical clinics to help meet the demand for primary care. Furthermore, nurses are leading the charge in Patient-and Family-Centered Care, a practice GRHealth helped pioneer that improves health care quality and safety by involving the patient and family in the entire plan of care.

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