Registered nurse Tammy Hornick was named by Calvert Memorial Hospital as Nurse of the Year for 2012. Hornick, who joined CMH in 1983, is noted for her teamwork, compassion and dedication to providing exceptional patient care.
“This has been an amazing year for nursing at Calvert and Tammy exemplifies the forward movement of the professional nurses here at the hospital,” said Bob McWhirt, vice president for patient care services at CMH. “All of this year’s nominees are examples of the nursing staff's commitment to providing the highest quality of care possible to our patients. We are proud of Tammy, the nominees and the nursing team.”
In addition to her work in pre-admission testing, Hornick serves as a forensic nurse examiner. These specially trained nurses treat victims of sexual assault and help collect evidence. She is also certified in ambulatory perianesthesia nursing and has achieved RN IV status at Calvert, reflecting her advanced clinical expertise, leadership and community service.
Hornick has earned the nickname “magic” from her co-workers for her willingness to help others on the unit and her assistance with blood draws and other emergencies. She is often referred to as a “walking encyclopedia” and is frequently used by staff as a resource for questions.
The 29-year nursing veteran serves on multiple committees at CMH including the nursing clinical ladder, professional development council as well as the health ministry team network. She also volunteers to do blood pressure screening at her church and has been captain of her Relay for Life team for the past 10 years.
“Ms. Hornick is an advocate for both patients and staff,” said her supervisor Anne Lockhart. “She receives many compliments for her care and compassion and is an ambassador for outstanding customer service.”
According to Beverly Heaney, who chaired the selection process, the Nurse of the Year award was established to recognize the many contributions that the hospital’s nurses make throughout the year. The nurses are nominated by their peers and evaluated based on five key attributes – initiative, advocacy, team support, empathy and nursing practice.
The other nominees were Steven Colvin, Level 2; Susan Perciasepe, interventional radiology; Pam Hurley, Level 2; Cindy Hogan, transitional care unit; Joann Robinson, Level 5 and Sharon Ryon and Vonda Stamp, emergency department.
“What these nurses contribute to Calvert Memorial Hospital is evident from the successful patient outcomes we see day in and day out,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis. “Their leadership role in their respective departments is critical in making this hospital the very best it can be.”