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Nursing Excellence 2011 Finalists: Advancing and Leading the Profession

The finalists in the 2011 Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence awards program from Greater Philadelphia Tri-State in the Advancing and Leading the Profession category are as follows:

Diane Humbrecht, RN-C, MSN
Nurse Director, Informatics
Abington (Pa.) Memorial Hospital
Nominated by: Carol Chwal

Diane Humbrecht has worked at the same facility throughout her 26-year nursing career. She has been awarded and recognized for her dedication, commitment and ability to advance and lead the nursing profession, not only locally but nationally. In the past year, she worked on creating a solution that improved Abington Memorial’s vaccination compliance by 40% – to 95% to 100%. This electronic assessment of the vaccines needed and the subsequent ordering of these vaccines has been recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement national forum, the Eclipsys Users Network and the Clinical Practice Model Resource Center consortium. Humbrecht received the Bayada Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice in 2010.

Diane Humbrecht, RN-C

Her nominator wrote: “When you hear that this nominee is on the project, you are excited to work with her, and you know that positive results will occur and knowledge will be gained.”

Marianne Foard, RN, BSN, MS
Nurse Manager, Professional Recruitment and Retention
Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, Del.
Nominated by: Joyce Hill

Marianne Foard led a committee that created a unique Professional Nurse Portfolio program that awards and recognizes nurses for their contributions to the organization and community. The program has led to increased certifications and pursuit of advanced degrees. The program has been copyrighted and has received national attention. She also created and developed a recruitment and retention committee based on the TV show “The Apprentice.” The Bayhealth Apprentices promote a standard of nursing excellence by focusing on the three R’s: retention, recruitment and relations.

Marianne Foard, RN

The Apprentices developed a mentoring program that is in three high schools and has more than 19 employees from various disciplines mentoring students. Her nominator writes: “Not only has she built a great reputation, she literally has developed, mentored and coached hundreds of nurses from novice to expert levels, and has created programs that keep nurses engaged in their work.”

Juliane Jablonski, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Barbara Prior

Juliane Jablonski’s leadership qualities are evident not only in her CNS role in the surgical trauma ICU but also throughout the entire HUP Nursing Department. “Anyone that has met Juliane knows that her magnetic personality combined with her humanistic mannerisms make her a successful leader,” her nominator writes. Jablonski provides lectures at various programs for clinical nurses and physicians and has mentored CNS students for the University of Pennsylvania and LaSalle University.

Juliane Jablonski, RN

She has been a resource for pre-med volunteers and aided her unit in winning the 2009 HUP Volunteer Service Team Builder Award. Jablonski initiated the use of Certified Pet Therapy at HUP by gathering evidence-based resources to present to HUP stakeholders and management.

A pilot program on two neuroscience units recently was begun and has been shown to increase patient/family and staff satisfaction and morale.

Rosemary Wurster, RN, BSN, MPH, CEN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, ED
Paoli (Pa.) Hospital
Nominated by: Jan Nash

Rosemary Wurster has worked in a variety of settings across a five-hospital health system, leading to her current position as ED nurse manager. A month before taking over in this role, the ED relocated to a new patient pavilion that was four times the square footage of the previous department.

Rosemary Wurster, RN

Wurster facilitated the changes deemed necessary by a work group of staff that she put together. During her first six months in this role, Wurster’s department successfully navigated a Magnet redesignation survey,

The Joint Commission’s unannounced three-year visit and the Department of Health’s three-year visit. During the same six months, the department passed its first trauma accreditation survey, establishing the hospital as a level 2 trauma center.

Wurster has contributed to the revitalization of the local chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association by offering a meeting location in her ED and serving as the chapter treasurer.

Mary Ann McGinley, RN, PhD
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Mary G. Schaal

As CNO since 1984 and senior vice president of patient care services since 1986, Mary Ann McGinley is an integral member of the senior leadership team, serving at the highest decision-making level for strategic planning and operations.

Mary Ann McGinley, RN

McGinley “advances the profession of nursing through her sustained leadership and promotion of the growth of professional nursing at our hospital and beyond,” her nominator writes.

She fosters continued development of nurses through a tuition-benefit program and other resources for continuing education.

Through her leadership, the hospital achieved Magnet recognition in 2009. As chair of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, she was instrumental in the development of a nurse residency program to provide support to new graduate nurses in their transition to professional nurses. McGinley serves on the Board of Trustees of Gwynedd-Mercy College.

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