Calvert Memorial Hospital recently celebrated Nurses Week and this year’s theme “Nurses Are Superheroes” could not be more fitting, according to Diane Couchman, Chief Nursing Officer. Couchman says, “Our nurses balance an incredible number of demands with a patient-centered focus, always looking out for what is best for those who have entrusted their lives to us. Every single day our nurses are at the bedside providing comfort, reassurance and expert care that we know makes such a difference in a patient’s recovery.”
There were festivities held all week, culminating in a luncheon where several nurses were honored for their exemplary service. Rose Essex was named the Exemplary Nurse Educator for her creative and innovative style of teaching diabetes education. She was recognized as the “go-to” person for consultation related to patients with diabetes and is highly respected by her patients, peers, community, and physicians.
The Exemplary Nurse Leader award went to Amy Laur, charge nurse on Level 2. Amy was recognized for exemplifying the word NURSE: kind, nurturing, supportive, caring, and strong. In addition, she was praised for her tremendous clinical knowledge, endless compassion, true dedication, and full-fledged support of all staff on a daily basis.
Michelle Nation, Infection Control, was recognized for Exemplary Professional Practice. As an outstanding nurse and clinician, she has improved nursing care and patient safety through several evidence-based initiatives and is always looking for other avenues to improve infection prevention. Her interventions and prevention efforts provide the foundation for safe patient care and risk reduction for hospital-acquired infections.
Our third DAISY Award winner was also announced and presented to Jessica Barker who is a PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) nurse. The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extra clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day! Jessica was nominated for being a great critical thinker, team player, collaborator and an individual who consistently displays the highest ethical standard of excellence.
Dean Teague, President and CEO, says, “Health care is a challenging industry and, yet, every day, our nurses juggle all these challenges with unmatched grace, optimism and compassion. We applaud the difference they make every day in our hospital and our community!”
Outstanding Nurses Award Winners: Left, Michelle Nation, Amy Laur. Not pictured is Rose Essex.