Here are the finalists in the Community Service category for the Nursing Spectrum 2009 Nursing Excellence awards. A recognition gala is planned for June 9 at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md.
Devin Trinkley, RN, ADN, FNE-A/P
Shore Health System
Trinkley, through her work as a staff nurse in the ED at The Memorial Hospital at Easton, met with outside agencies in the community to form the Sexual Assault Response Team program. The first SART was formed in Talbot County in 2006. The prosecution rate for sexual assault cases that progressed through the SART program rose from 42% to 69% in the first full year of its activation. She also has proposed a research study, Domestic Violence Screening in the Rural Community Hospital, which has been accepted, and data has been collected. She received an honorable mention in the Nurse Hero category in 2007 for her work as a sexual assault forensic examiner nurse. She is a member of the Interpersonal Violence Committee with the purpose of designing international standards for evaluating patients.
Brett Emmerson, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse First Assist
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Falls Church, Va.
Emmerson takes most of her vacation days and substantial portions of her personal time each year to volunteer for pediatric open heart surgery missions to the Dominican Republic and El Salvador with Heart Care International. She has served as HCIs OR team leader and coordinator for more than 13 years, assisting surgeons with procedures such as valve replacement, vein and artery bypass, stent and graft replacements, vein harvesting, and closure of the chest. All of this is done in extremely challenging conditions. After the surgeries, she often can be found at the bedside playing with the children and their families. Surgeons often request her assistance and value her opinion in complex surgical procedures. Emmersons compassion also extends to animals. She owns three cats, all rescue cases, that now live in the lap of luxury.
Shirley Repta, RN, BSN, PhD, MBA
Executive Director, Behavioral Health
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
Repta manages cross-functional teams, including physicians, administrators, directors, and staff, while overseeing the business functions of four psychiatric departments across the system. She works with many of the indigent community members whom she sees through her volunteer efforts and experiences in Northern Virginia. She frequently attends community meetings regarding the assistance needed by community members afflicted with mental health problems. Gaps between inpatient care and outpatient care were a major issue in the community, and Repta worked many hours to develop the concepts for partial day programs and medication management programs to keep patients out of the hospital. She presented a proposal to open three partial day outpatient programs and three medication management programs that will assist thousands of individuals to stay mentally healthy. A frequent speaker at many universities on topics related to psychiatric nursing, Repta displays competence, character and connection, and her passion for helping those with mental illness has led to many changes in local community services.
Anna Stokes, RN, MSN
Program Manager, Community Home Care Management
Under her direction, Stokes unit has developed and participated in numerous programs, including flu clinics at several senior citizen centers, education sessions for seniors, and heart healthy fairs. Her commitment to nursing and community healthcare is evidenced by the fact she began pursuing a masters degree in 2008. Aside from her busy work schedule, Stokes is active in the community as head of the Teacher Appreciation Committee at a local middle school. She also has chaired the high school PTA and a fundraising event for her daughters crew team. Stokes is on the board of directors of a local community association. In order to get better results in medication management and reconciliation, Stokes started brown bag lunches, in which a local pharmacist visits a senior citizen center during lunch time to consult with patients about medications.
Joanne Evans, RN, MED, PMHCNS-BC
Assistant Director, Institute of Credentialing Innovation
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Silver Spring, Md.
Each year, Evans and her daughter, who also is a nurse, use personal vacation time to visit impoverished areas of the world on medical missions. They recently spent five days in the Dominican Republic, where they were scheduled to treat about 1,000 patients medical and dental needs. Evans recently became involved with the International Council of Nurses Girl Child Education Initiative, a fund that provides education for orphaned young girls in Africa who had a parent who was a nurse. The program assists the girls in attaining primary education goals and has encouraged nurses across the U.S. to donate and form coalitions to raise funds.