On Dec. 10, SUNY Downstate Medical Center University Hospital of Brooklyn Department of Nursing Services held its annual Celebration of Nursing Achievements. More than 100 nursing staff and members of other departments attended the celebration, themed Reigniting The Flame: Our Journey To Excellence.
The event recognized the graduation of the first two UHB staff nurse resident cohorts, the graduation and achievements of the frontline nursing leaders and recognition of Ambassadors For Excellence. All honorees received pins and certificates of achievement.
Nurse Residency ProgramNurse Residency Program coordinators Luzviminda Casapao, RN, assistant professor of nursing, left, and Donareen Denny, RN, assistant director of nursing, present certificates of appreciation to Stephen R. Marrone, RN, deputy nursing director for the Institute of Continuous Learning.
Since 2009, SUNY Downstate Medical Center has participated in the University HealthSystem Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing New Graduate Nurse Residency Program. The program was developed to ensure a safe transition of new graduate RNs into the clinical setting. A formal curriculum serves as the framework for the one-year residency program. Twenty-one nurse residents were honored at the event, and nurse residents presented podium and poster presentations on evidence-based practice projects.
During the ceremony, program coordinators Donareen Denny, RN, MSN, CCRN, assistant director of nursing and nursing education at the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and Luzviminda Casapao, RN, MA, MEd, assistant professor of nursing at SUNY Downstate College of Nursing, were recognized with program faculty.
Frontline Nursing Leadership ProgramFrontline Coach Jennifer McDonald, RN, left, stands with frontline nurse leaders, from left, who include Karen Duncan, RN; Camille Jobes, RN; and Aristedes Bravo, RN.
Since 2008, UHB has participated in The Advisory Board Company Center for Frontline Nursing Leadership, a program designed to harness the untapped leadership potential of frontline nursing staff by equipping them with skills to drive unit and organizational performance, create a critical mass of frontline exemplars to support a broader culture of leadership, identify and develop the next generation of leaders to expand leadership capacity and elevate the prestige of frontline nursing and staff to retain the highest performers and recruit new talent. Sixty staff nurses have completed the frontline program. This event honored 35 frontline nurse leaders and their coaches who participated in the 2009-10 program.
Ambassadors for ExcellenceAmbassador For Excellence Claudette Marshall, RN, staff nurse of ambulatory services, left, hands a torch to Dianne Woods, RN, deputy nursing director of nursing quality and performance improvement.
The group is a cadre of dedicated nursing staff and members of the transdisciplinary healthcare team committed to creating and sustaining a culture of excellence and a collaborative caring environment that enhances the patient experience at UHB. Ambassadors are frontline experts who guide nurses along the centers journey toward reclaiming patient care excellence, quality and safety. The event honored 76 ambassadors who were passed a torch to symbolize their role in keeping the Flame for Quality and Excellence in Patient Care alive.