Congratulations to the regional finalists in the 2009 Nurse Excellence Awards in the Teaching category. For information about the award and how the candidates were chosen, click here:
BARBARA CALLAHAN, MSN, ANP – BC, GCNS – BC
Director of Nursing Education and Research
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Barbara is director of Nursing Education and Research at this 500-bed tertiary care teaching hospital and is responsible for the assessment, development, and implementation of education for more than 1,500 RNs, PCAs, NAs, and technicians.
She works tirelessly with nursing externs, students, graduate students, and newly hired RNs to provide the optimal learning environment for each group. She developed orientation pathways specific to each of the service lines, reducing turnover from 11% to 6% and the length of orientation by one week.
After an extensive application process, she obtained a $30,000-plus Service Guild Grant (The Path to Nursing Certification, Phase Two) to help nurses attain specialty certification. As chairwoman of the Clinical Ladder Committee, 40 recipients were added.
Barbara is a strong supporter of a shared governance model and served a primary role in establishing continuing education programs for nursing assistants, nurse administrators, and nurse educators. She also convened a site-based leadership retreat in preparation for Magnet application.
Certified as a geriatric nurse clinician, Barbara is a clinical expert in the fastest-growing population of this country, and was responsible for a $500,000 HRSA grant for age-specific education programs in geriatrics. A regular presenter at local conferences, she generously serves as a resource to institutions in the area, and has increased the number of BLS classes offered by the department by a third. She is also in the process of devising new educational seminars for nursing and ancillary staff. The centers recent Joint Commission Accreditation Survey was successful, in large part, because of her outstanding leadership skills.Bonnie Forshner, RN
BONNIE FORSHNER, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC
Unit Educator, CCU
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute
Morristown Memorial Hospital
Bonnie is a registered nurse in Coronary Critical Care, serving as Unit Educator for two units over the past 14 years. She believes that if she is to perform effectively as an educator, she must constantly work at educating herself. The consummate professional, Bonnie lives and breathes education, educating herself on her own time and sharing her knowledge with staff at the bedside or through formal lecturing. She is currently working toward a masters in nursing education, has taught the hospital critical care course for the past six years, and has been a BCLS instructor for four years.
She has written and presented to staff on topics ranging from effective preceptoring to inducing hypothermia on a cardiac arrest victim. Through an extensive professional development and certification advocacy campaign, she increased the units number of certified nurses from 10 to an incredible 66 in five years. She also developed a CCRN review course and offered it to all staff members.
Bonnie can frequently be heard saying that there is no stupid question; we can all learn something new each day. Her love of education is contagious and she is viewed throughout the hospital with the utmost respect.
This nominee has precepted, published, and influenced hundreds of nurses at all levels through her mentoring and lectures. Her contributions to the profession are truly extraordinary. Her nominator says she is honored that Bonnie is her educator and mentor, and that she could only hope to one day reach students in the same manner.Elizabeth Harris, RN
BETH HARRIS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Health Education Coordinator, Nursing Education
White Plains, N.Y.
As Health Education coordinator for Behavioral Health, Beth supervises Staff Development and Patient/Family Education. In this role since 1997, she has been active in patient education at NYP for more than 20 years.
Beth empowers patients and their families through education. She is passionate about educating nurses and other disciplines on mental illness, psychopharmacology, and therapy. Through education, she has assisted innumerable patients to recover from their mental illnesses and go on to become educators themselves.
She helps patients and staff fight the stigma of mental illness through education and evidence-based practice. In addition to coordinating the entire education program for 260 patients and hundreds of staff, she teaches orientation classes, conducts continuing education workshops, and is chairwoman of the Patient Education Workgroup and cochair of the Consumer Advocacy Council. She is also instrumental in organizing and implementing education for patients and families in Spanish.
She is a member of the Shared Governance Council, Quality Assurance Council, Nursing Research and Education Council, Pastoral Care Committee, Cultural Competence Committee, Executive Nursing Council, Nursing Education Advisory Council, Nursing Education Governance Committee, Nursing Research Governance Committee, and the Nursing Education Governing Council.
She has written or cowritten more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, is an adjunct faculty member at several colleges, has been a guest lecturer across the country on psychopharmacology and psycho-education, and speaks on stress management for businesses, schools, and civic groups.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the State Nurses Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.Susan Magro, RN
SUSAN MAGRO, RN, MA, FNP(C)
Critical Care Educator, Department of Education and Research
North Shore -Long Island Jewish Health System, Southside Hospital
Bay Shore, N.Y.
Susan came upon nursing in a very unique way. Believing she could make a difference in lifestyles through healthy choices, she obtained a BA in psychology and an MA in exercise physiology, became interested in cardiac rehab, and secured a position as Director of a Cardiac Rehab Center. But she wanted more; she wanted to become a nurse. So she did.
Susan is now a Critical Care Educator who believes that caregivers need to know how to care for themselves and has become their role model for fitness, eagerly sharing recommendations, tips, and secrets for healthy lifestyles.
Her work extends from every aspect of critical care training and education, to the Burn Team, stroke education, staff cross-training, Collaborative Care Councils, interdisciplinary education, fundraising, BLS and ACLS training, and myriad lecture topics.
She is also a role model in her personal life. She has two children who were born two years apart, and when the second child arrived, the first child, a boy, stopped talking. He was soon diagnosed with Autism, and two years later, Susan received the same news regarding her daughter. Never daunted, she is now a single mom, who with pride and passion is raising two children with Autism and working to educate caregivers on the care and treatment of patients with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
She has researched, written, taught, and spoken on the topic anywhere and everywhere in her belief that she was called to be an advocate for these children and their families.
As far as her staff is concerned, there is not a harder working, more inspiring, more motivated, or deserving nurse anywhere.Kathleen Mulholland, RN
KATHLEEN MULHOLLAND RN, BSN, MPH
Administrative Public Health Nurse, Office of School Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York, N.Y.
In her role as Administrative Public Health nurse for Staff Development, Kathleen is dedicated to providing nurses with the knowledge and skills they need as school nurses, serving 1.3 million NYC schoolchildren. She has expanded the program and updated curriculum modules to ensure that content keeps up with current trends in school health nursing practice and procedures.
She coordinates annual staff development training for more than 1,500 school health employees, providing services to 1,800-plus public and nonpublic schools in the city, has worked on establishing a formal school nurse preceptorship program to equip preceptors with mentorship skills, helped to develop the nurse workshop, BEAT DIABETES Training program, and conducted surveys as part of training needs assessments.
A true believer in empowering nurses through training and education, Kathleen is part of a committee that is working on a grant to develop an RN-to-BSN Track with a focus on school health. She holds a BSN and a masters in Public Health, is the recipient of the departments 2008 Distinguished Service Award, has written articles and contributed to numerous CNE activities, and has used every training opportunity as a means for nurses to obtain CNEs. She has volunteered in NYC emergency preparedness activities, has been part of the City Anthrax Point of Dispensing and the Flu Point of Dispensing Units, and has participated in drills conducted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
A member of the National and State Associations of School Nurses, Kathleen is known as that supportive, customer-service, go-to person, who aims for perfection even amid challenges and obstacles.