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Nursing Excellence finalists: Community Service

The Nursing Spectrum Community Service finalists for 2010 are as follows:

Sean Elwell, RN, EMT, CPSTI
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.
Nominated by: Sherry Biddle

In his role as injury prevention coordinator, Sean Elwell has established well-respected community outreach programs that reach children of all ages, teaching them injury prevention. One of his major focuses has been child passenger safety. Elwell worked diligently to create and improve a car seat fitting station at the facility and has started programs at local car dealerships, stores and day care centers. He also has worked to get the message out about bicycle safety. Through bike rodeos and other innovative programs, Elwell provided bike helmets to underprivileged children. He has collaborated with local fire and EMS agencies to provide fire prevention courses. EMS continuing education programs are a way to interact with pre-hospital providers and combat some of the difficulties they may encounter with pediatric patients. Educating them on topics such as airway and respiratory emergencies and medications has proved successful in creating a better working relationship with the pre-hospital providers. Elwell also has increased awareness of injuries and prevention through his work with an onsite safety store, with Safe Kids Worldwide, the Office of Highway Safety and many schools in several states. Elwell puts in countless hours to ensure the safety of children.

Christina Felder, RN

Christina Felder, RN, BSN, CEN, RT, EMT
Staff Nurse, ED
Paoli (Pa.) Hospital
Nominated by: Linda March for William J. Belmonte, Staff RN, ED

Christina Felder is active in important groups within Paoli Hospital. She is the co-chairperson of the hospital’s Recognition Retention Committee and serves as a Magnet ambassador and a member of the Dermal Defense Team. In her leadership role with the Recognition Retention Committee, Felder demonstrates her motivation and commitment to advancing the image of nursing in the community. She spearheaded projects that include providing supplies to the military in Iraq. She was instrumental in acquiring school materials for a shelter that provided housing for mothers and their children. Felder inspires other committee members to participate in special projects. She is a dedicated volunteer with the Newtown Square Fire Company. Her more than 10 years of service have included making ambulance calls as an EMT. Also, she takes a special interest in her own patients. Upon discharge, one of Felder’s patients asked whether Felder could visit her at home. Felder agreed. The patient, a cloistered Catholic nun, is a quadriplegic. Felder was dismayed upon her arrival to the convent to find the woman lived in subpar conditions along with 20 other disabled nuns. The next day, Felder called area hospitals and secured a few hospital-style beds. She then found a volunteer to transport them. In all, five beds were delivered. But Felder was not done. She wrote a letter to Hill-Rom. Several weeks passed before Felder received a phone call from the company’s president, who was moved by her plea. One month later, a tractor-trailer arrived at the convent, filled with beds, tables and chairs.

Sara Osi, RN

Sara Osi, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Bridget DeLeo

Sara Osi, a med/surg staff nurse who cares for urology, liver and kidney transplant patients, stands out for her genuine compassion and concern for people. Her community service activities are not occasional or random. Caring for people and serving the needs of the community is part of who she is and what she does in her life. Osi routinely offers her free time during vacations and on weekends to volunteer in the community. She focuses on community outreach and service activities that promote health education. As the health leader for her church, Osi organizes programs and arranges for speakers to discuss topics such as cardiac care, nutrition, exercise and healthy cooking. She mentors children in her involvement in a scouting group for boys and girls ages 10 to 16. During summer vacations, Osi volunteers on the medical team for a lifestyle fitness camp for adults. Osi also has traveled internationally on medical missions and expects to do so again in the future.

Laurie Watson, RN

Laurie Watson, RN, MSN
Director of Patient/Guest Relations & Volunteers
Lankenau Hospital/Main Line Health, Wynnewood, Pa.
Nominated by: Colleen Ferrie

Laurie Watson oversees more than 670 people who volunteer their time in the hospital and community. She has implemented numerous programs, including Start on Success, which pairs medical professionals with inner-city youth to give them exposure to healthcare careers. Watson initiated the Falling Star program, which helps to identify patients at high risk for falls. In the Heart Pillow program, Watson goes to high schools to teach students about heart disease and living a healthy lifestyle. The students make heart pillows that are given to post-heart surgery patients. Watson works with the county intermediate unit and a local school for the blind to provide volunteer opportunities in the hospital setting. She coordinates the Dress for Success program with the hospital’s thrift shop to donate clothing and provide mock interview training for women seeking new careers. She organized the Go Pink campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for breast cancer research, and Watson developed a program that brings Korean nurses to the hospital for a cultural and informational exchange. The hospital’s transitional care center and radiation/oncology patients benefit from the Pet Therapy program, which Watson oversees. Watson’s soothing manner and unfailing compassion make her the ideal person to investigate and resolve patient and family issues.

Barbara Wright, RN

Barbara Wright, RN, PhD, FAAN
Health Policy Consultant
Cranbury, N.J.
Nominated by: Barbara Chamberlain

Barbara Wright served as an assemblywoman for eight years, always working for nursing and promoting healthcare for New Jersey citizens. She has served as deputy speaker and assistant majority whip. She has served on the Health Care Cost Reduction Act Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Council on AIDS, the School Health Services Leadership Roundtable, the Health Care Leadership Roundtable, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Commerce and Regulated Professions Committee, the Education Committee and the Environment and Energy Committee. Wright has written numerous letters to various newspaper editors on healthcare topics in order to communicate with the citizens. She also has many book chapters and publications to her credit. Wright has served on many hospital boards, including the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, as well as county councils on drug and alcohol abuse. Wright’s statewide legislation has resulted in safer needle use in healthcare facilities, school health services provided by certified school nurses, advanced practice nurses’ prescriptive authority, osteoporosis prevention and education, extension of time for filing lawsuits by recipients of contaminated blood products and many other acts that have benefited citizens of the state.

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