Registered nurse Karen Seekford has been named by Calvert Memorial Hospital as Nurse of the Year for 2014. Seekford, who joined CMH in 1988, is noted for her skillful teaching, willingness to help others and dedication to providing exceptional patient care.
“Karen always has the patient’s care and comfort as the focus of her coaching and education of staff,” said her supervisor, Lynne Pickering, director of education and training at CMH. “She is a valued resource to staff and an excellent role model to nurses.”
The 26-year nursing veteran began her career at Calvert Memorial in the telemetry unit and went on to work as a Clinical Nurse Educator and is currently Outcomes Facilitator for Level 2, which is a medical/surgical unit at the hospital. In that role, she focuses on patient outcome data to develop new and ongoing staff education. Seekford is also a Progressive Care Certified Nurse.
“As a nurse educator, she is creative in teaching new procedures and finds ways to make learning interesting and fun,” said Linda Murphy, who nominated her. “The staff feel comfortable coming to her for additional training or demonstration.”
This year’s Nurses Week activities were organized by Shared Governance Coordinator Renee Jamerson with the Professional Development Committee. The celebration culminated with a fair on May 9 complete with deejay, cookout and games.
According to Jamerson, 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 Ramona Couteau, Same Day Surgery & Education and Training; Jennifer Crocker, Transitional Care Unit; Michelle Dahlberg, Althea Green, Brent Lankford, Chad Lankford, Jennifer Lankford, Erin Parks and Helen Thomas, Emergency Department; Robin Groves, Kathy Lanham and Shanae Mackall, Level 3; Linda Libby, Surgical Services; Cheryl Windsor, Family Birth Center and Amy Laur, Katie Marino, Jennifer Sodero and Kristina Wilcher, Level 2.
“This has been an amazing year for nursing at Calvert and Karen exemplifies the forward movement of the professional nurses here at the hospital,” said Diane Couchman, vice president for clinical services and chief nursing officer 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 Karen, the nominees and our entire nursing team.”