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Nursing Excellence finalists: Advancing and Leading the Profession

Nursing Spectrum will honor the 30 finalists in its 2010 Nursing Excellence Awards and choose a winner in each category June 8 at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md.

The finalists in Advancing and Leading the Profession are as follows:

Kristin L. Seidl, RN, PhD
Director of Outcomes for Nursing and Patient Care
University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
Nominated by: Meredith Huffines

On a daily basis, Kristin L. Seidl, RN, PhD, demonstrates the ability to take clinical issues ranging from the most simple to the most complex and provide expert analyses. She draws from vast knowledge and experience and incorporates information from evidence-based practice. Seidl effectively communicates at all levels and is committed to involving direct care nurses in all decisions related to clinical and professional issues.

Kristin L. Seidl, RN

Her efforts to lead a culture of quality, safety, research and best practice implementation at the bedside have been transformational at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Seidl led the implementation of a medication reconciliation process, was highly involved in identifying and finding solutions to missing lab specimens, served as a nursing lead for an institutionwide H1N1 action plan, and has been instrumental in establishing a focus on Joint Commission readiness through leadership in conducting safety rounds in all nursing departments. Seidl co-chairs the facility’s critical care operations committee and works to ensure critical care departments engage in sharing practice issues and solutions in an effort to maintain a high standard of ICU quality and safety.

A prominent nurse educator, researcher and theorist from a nationally ranked top 10 school of nursing said this about Seidl: “She is an example of the kind of nurse scientist that we need to lead the nursing profession. Her advanced skills in outcomes measurement integrate data with good decision making to solve patient and healthcare system problems and promote high levels of quality.”

Yolanda Copeland, RN

Yolanda Copeland, RN, BSN, MA
Sr. Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer
St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore
Nominated by: Eugenia Powell

A nurse for more than 30 years, advancing from staff nurse to CNO, Yolanda Copeland, RN, BSN, MA, has mastered the significance of relationships, teamwork, partnerships and collaboration. She is a transformational leader who exemplifies lifelong learning. Copeland supports meeting the learning needs of the staff nurses in the hospital. When nurses requested that they get access to continuing education (contact hours) that would assist them with obtaining certification and maintaining clinical competency, Copeland procured the benefit of online continuing education for every full-time and part-time nurse in the hospital. This was despite a difficult financial climate for hospitals. A senior nurse at the hospital explained that nursing had no voice until Copeland came on board. Another nurse said staff nurses did not clearly understand their roles outside of providing clinical care. Under Copeland’s leadership, nurses now participate on numerous interdisciplinary committees, councils and work groups. Not only is she an effective, astute decision maker, but nurses have become intelligent decision makers under her guidance. Copeland provides training and promotes from within. She sets the expectation that all nurses will be held to a higher level of accountability. Copeland reorganized the leadership structure, providing focused management in each unit. She utilized existing expert staff members, who are being mentored and educated on being effective, outcomes-oriented managers. One nurse summarized it all: “Nursing has clout because of Copeland.”

Diane Walbridge, RN

Diane Walbridge, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Director Clinical/Financial Nursing Resources
Shore Health System, Easton, Md.
Nominated by: Janet Hash

Others achieve thanks to the hard work and dedication of Diane Walbridge, RN, MSN, NEA-BC. Walbridge has developed unit-based report cards, coordinated the health system’s participation in the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators, facilitated Shore Health System’s participation in the RN satisfaction online survey, facilitated implementation of the MacLeod productivity system and more. Walbridge mentored two nurses in their MSN programs and many nurses in BSN programs. Walbridge served as a resource for the chief nursing officer at another hospital to provide insight and assistance into various staffing methodologies and productivity. She has worked with nursing leaders in another hospital to provide guidance and consultation regarding budgeting for shared leadership activities. Walbridge was a coach for four staff nurses for the Center of Frontline Leadership, and she worked with one hospital unit to provide leadership in its growth and expansion process. Her coaching helped the unit achieve the highest honor in patient satisfaction, no staff vacancies, growth in the areas of team building and physician relationships, as well as its core measures goals. That same unit has thrived and expanded into the community, donating thousands of canned goods to local food banks for the holidays. Unit staff are working with the armed forces to provide support to the troops and their families.

Judith A. Rogers, RNC

Judith A. Rogers, RNC, MSN, PhD
Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive
Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md.
Nominated by: Gary Ward, RN, BSN, MA

Judith Rogers, RN, MSN, PhD, is a role model in nursing, management and leadership. She is visionary, goal-directed, inspirational, determined and, above all, effective in every challenge. In the past year, Rogers helped markedly reduce contract labor utilization and improved core measure performance, in a matter of months, from substandard to exceptional. She has the board members’ and executive administrators’ respect and has been influential in furthering the professional nursing agenda. Rogers motivates and effects change and progress. Her natural teaching style mentors not only her direct reports but all who interact with her. Rogers is persistent in sending the message that patients are at the center of nurses’ daily duties, and she frequently joins the staff in the trenches while fulfilling the mission. Rogers’ vision for herself and the organization is not self-serving, but selfless and modeled in her amazing ability to enthuse and invigorate culture change and adaptation. Evidence of her successes are vast: from an electronic medical record implementation that benchmarked processes for an entire system to the mastery of financial prowess that lead the organization’s ability to sustain its projected budget.

Kathleen Collins, RNC-OB

Kathleen Collins, RNC-OB, C-EFM, MS
Clinical Specialist
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
Nominated by: Kathleen Srsic-Stoehr

Kathleen Collins, RNC-OB, C-EFM, MS, is an outstanding clinician, educator and leader with more than 30 years of professional nursing experience. Throughout her nursing career, Collins has championed the highest of standards for safe patient care, professional nursing practice and collaborative interdisciplinary teamwork. Nurses, physicians, residents and other healthcare team members consult with Collins, who is highly respected. Collins has led three major programs with significant patient care outcomes. She leads the perinatal patient safety electronic fetal monitoring program, teaching collaboratively with a physician colleague to improve RN and physician interpretations of fetal monitoring. This program has been adopted for other hospitals in the health system. Collins has facilitated clinical staff nurses’ involvement and ownership in implementing a family-centered care model for improved patient-focused care through evidence-based practices and the use of clinical data to evaluate practice. She coached and guided family-centered care committee members in the use of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and World Health Organization recommendations for a stable newborn and skin-to-skin contact for thermoregulation. She is a role model for family-centered behaviors and uses rounding to support staff and reinforce patient-first behaviors. Parental involvement and participation in care of the transitioning term neonate has improved, while the incidence of mild to moderate hypothermia has decreased. Collins’ role as a key leader in the corporate obstetrical electronic medical record system has been ongoing and has led to the development of updated protocols, many processes of care changes, documentation enhancements and educational programs. Her contributions to drive nursing care excellence and patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based practice are the hallmarks of her outstanding achievements.

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