Congratulations to the regional finalists in the 2009 Nurse Excellence Awards in the Advancing & Leading the Profession category. For information about the award and how the candidates were chosen, click here:
PATRICIA BURKE, RN, MSN, GNP
Associate Chief Nurse Geriatrics and Extended Care
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Patricia is described as a visionary and role model who utilized her diverse clinical skills in Emergency, Critical Care, Med/Surg, and Geriatrics/Extended Care, and rose through the ranks to nurse manager and ultimately to associate chief nurse, along the way earning advanced degrees, certifications, and awards. She is recognized for her talents in fostering participatory management and excellence in care, and for her ethical leadership.
Seeing the opportunity for improvement, she framed a practice in holistic nursing, transforming four nursing home units to true living centers, where palliative care is celebrated and residents can live together comfortably in a community throughout their lives whether holding jobs, or simply existing in their memories. The common thread among all of them is that they are striving to achieve their highest level of functioning.
Patricia empowers staff to function collaboratively and creatively and teaches them to truly think out of the box in assisting her to bring her vision, which is adapted from the Hatch Model, to fruition. As associate chief of Nursing Service, she also acts as CEO of a Joint Commission-accredited home care agency, with an interdisciplinary program that provides home health to homebound patients and more than doubled access to home healthcare in the past five years, meeting safety concerns in the homes of many frail elderly patients. As a mentor, leader, and teacher, she articulates and shares values at all levels of nursing staff, instilling pride in them, and offering support and appreciation for the daily care they provide to patients and their families.Linda Espinosa, RN
LINDA ESPINOSA, RN, MS
Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Payne Whitney Westchester & Manhattan
White Plains, N.Y.
In her role, Linda oversees Nursing, Occupational Health Services, the Evaluation Center, Social Work, Therapeutic Activity Departments, and other clinical services. She has more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience and is a leader who is in the vanguard of change in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.
To lead the way in instituting best practices at both campuses, Linda set up a staff exchange program, ensuring that standards, following the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, are integrated. She co-led the planning, development, and opening of three Behavioral Health Inpatient Units, and instituted flexible scheduling to recruit and retain nurses, completing a Magnet status gap-analysis project and a computerized medical record program. She facilitated integration of a Career Pathway program and a Nurse Preceptor and Nurse Extern program. A champion of evidence-based practice that includes on-site nursing research, she also led a nationally recognized Milieu Improvement Project to reduce seclusion and restraint of psychiatric patients, and a Smoking Cessation Initiative to have a smoke-free campus at both sites by years end, which, at a 214-acre behavioral health facility, is no small challenge. She has worked diligently to advance the profession and holds herself to the highest standards, expecting the same from those working with and for her.
A leader with both clinical and business acumen, who is said to be a compassionate and caring change agent, Linda has published and presented at the national conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association for the past two years on her Milieu Improvement project, and is currently a collaborator/coinvestigator on a NIMH RO3 grant.Laureen Goodridge, RN
LAUREEN GOODRIDGE, RN, MA
Associate Executive Director
Harlem Hospital Center
New York, N.Y.
An inspiration to her staff and professional colleagues, it is said that as Laureen was promoted and moved through the corporation, they moved with her so they could continue to work with her. Some of her groundbreaking initiatives include a Behavioral Health Service and Methadone Treatment Program, Health Grades, Leap Frog Surveys, and Nurse Family Programs. Under her leadership, in 2008, the hospital received designation from the World Health Organization as the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in New York City, and became a model for the network. Because of her extensive nursing experience in Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric, Med/Surg, and Nursing Administration, Laureen is able to be personally involved with staff in all projects. She believes that lifelong education is key to continued professional competence and readily assigns nurses to programs and encourages them to utilize tuition reimbursement to continue their studies.
Staff says she epitomizes leadership and that she is knowledgeable, fair, understanding, and sincere. Her knowledge of computer software to the extent that nursing documentation is now almost 100% paperless along with provision of a nursing computer lab, available 24/7, flat screen computers, computers on wheels, enhanced medication carts on all nursing units, scanner technology to eliminate paper, and the use of PowerPoint presentations at meetings, helped lead the network to a Davis Award in 2007 for Health Technology. As a community advocate as well as a nursing advocate, she serves as an integral member of the hospitals Community Advisory Board.Yvette Mooney, RN
YVETTE M. MOONEY, RN, MS, CNAA
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Yvettes achievements are based on enhancing quality and facilitating an environment that supports nursing practice, and recruitment both at home and abroad has been a key focus for her. She created a program that engages nurses from India, Puerto Rico, and the Phillippines, easing their transition with a welcome program to acclimate them and a dedicated housing complex. She worked with other hospitals on their international efforts, recruiting nearly 300 nurses for eight area hospitals. Staff retention initiatives included recognition programs, retention rounds, certification pay, and preceptor pay, an honors council, patient satisfaction programs that highlighted the pivotal role of the nurse, internships, a 300-hour clinical program, an OR training program, and an ED fellowship, to name a few.
Yvette planned and implemented numerous communication technologies that included a remote wireless system for monitoring heart rates and rhythms of patients anywhere in the hospital. and the Monitor Technician role. She opened a 170,000-square-foot addition, with nursing input each step of the way, and established unique staff positions to decrease nurses workload and benefit patients, such as comfort squads, bed and bath positions, admission nurses, and care techs. She also cares for employee needs outside of work and recently set up a food pantry for employees families.
She recognizes the importance of developing nursing leaders and fosters an environment where nursings value is clear. An Army Corps nurse who was a Major and a Lt. Colonel, Yvette has been a true pioneer in advancing the profession to meet the current and future needs of nursing and healthcare.Kerri Anne Scanlon, RN
KERRI ANNE SCANLON, RN, MSN, ANP
Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Executive Director
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Kerri is responsible for Nursing Practice, Care Delivery, Human and Fiscal Resources, and for ensuring high-quality, cost-effective care, in concert with her fellow managers, to fulfill the institutions mission. She is a mentor who provides leadership and management and oversees a budget of approximately $200 million and more than 1,500 FTEs.
She is a true transformational leader, with a vision for her department and facility to be the preeminent regional provider of nursing services and a national leader in nursing practice. Organizational accomplishments at LIJ are testament to her vision: sensitive indicators are clearly in place based on local and national hospital scores; LIJ was an early leader in the TCAB initiative and a recipient of the IPRO Quality Award; patients scoring of care places them in the top 20% of similar facilities.
Kerri makes investing in her staff a priority, as evidenced by her shared governance approach, her initiatives to increase nursing care hours and leadership on all shifts and to phase in a new clinical information system, and the success of her recent clinical ladder program. Further proof can be found in her departments retention rate of 93% and average vacancy rate of 3%.
Well-credentialed, actively involved in professional nursing organizations, a contributor to professional journals, and a sought-after speaker both here and abroad, Kerri is also the recipient of Columbia Universitys Distinguished Alumni Award and was recognized recently as an outstanding young business executive leader. She is applauded by staff and leadership alike on her unending passion for patient care, her commitment to quality patient care, and her transformational vision for her nurses.