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Nursing Excellence 2011 Finalists: Management

The finalists for Nursing Spectrum’s 2011 Nursing Excellence program from Greater Philadelphia Tri-State in the Management category are as follows:

Elizabeth Brennan, RN, EdD, CEN, CNML
Director of Emergency Services
The Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa.
Nominated by: Angela R. Coladonato

Elizabeth Brennan, in the three years she has been managing the ED, “has managed to create a renewed sense of pride and enhance the teamwork among the staff and physicians that had been missing for a number of years,” her nominator wrote. Brennan recently completed a project to revise the clinical protocols to update them with the current evidence-based medicine and practice. Other collaborative projects she has worked on include the rollout of EXITCARE, an electronic discharge instruction software program in the ED and housewide, and the INSIGHT Telepsychiatry program, which has helped to more expediently evaluate the psychiatric patients that present in the ED and aid in throughput.

Therese Julian, RN-BC

She has worked closely with others at the hospital to successfully achieve Chest Pain Accreditation. She also spearheaded a pediatric symposium, which was a collaboration with the ED and pediatric staff. She was nominated this past year for the hospital’s Leader of the Year Award.

Therese Julian, RN-BC, MS
Director, Nursing Education and Professional Development
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Richard Arbour

Therese Julian’s career encompasses nearly 50 years. She was among the first in critical care practice in the 1980s to work with patients having implanted left ventricular assist devices. She embraces diversity and has the utmost sensitivity to patients. She has been instrumental in the growth of Shared Governance within the network. She routinely identifies candidates for rewards and recognition. She showed leadership in the Delaware Valley Coalition of Critical Care Education. This resulted in standardizing Critical Care Core nursing education throughout the Delaware Valley from 1992 through 2008. She developed the Mentoring Program, pairing a more seasoned team member with a program participant. She supports professional certification and facilitates all aspects of certification review courses and the annual Certification Celebration by recruiting national speakers.

Jill E. Gehman, RN

Jill E. Gehman, RN, BSN, MHA
Nurse Manager, Heart and Vascular ICU
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Rebecca Stamm

Jill Gehman is nurse manager of the cardiovascular ICU. She has led this unit to AACN’s Beacon Award for nursing excellence three times and supported nurses in this Magnet-designated hospital that is preparing for re-designation this year. She continually supports the nurses for CCRN certifications and mentors them on a daily basis to become informal leaders on the unit. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is the co-chair of the Nursing Emergency Preparedness Committee for our hospital and in addition, attends the hospital-wide Emergency Preparedness Committee. Her nominator wrote: “Her positive outlook and energy are infectious to those around her. She sees the strengths in each of the nurses on her unit, mentors them and allows them to grow within our unit and then as leaders within the hospital.”

Mary Kay Silverman, RN

Mary Kay Silverman, RN, CEN
Director, Emergency Services
Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Palaka Patel

Mary Kay Silverman received the organization’s Excellence in Clinical Practice Leadership Award in 2010. Under Silverman’s leadership, members of her scheduling council have researched, planned, developed and implemented a five-level ESI triage system for the ED. She also implemented a Fast Track program that will have a dedicated ED nurse practitioner to facilitate the assessment and treatment of patients with less serious conditions who can be seen and released. Silverman’s efforts also helped reduce the hospital’s “left without being seen” rate from 15% in 2008 to 6% by the end of 2010. Her work has led to a precipitous drop in the ED diversion rate from more than 1,100 hours in 2008 to 10 hours in 2010. She co-organized the implementation of a Direct Admission Area to initiate the admission process for newly admitted patients coming from home or their physicians’ offices. She and her department were integral in the organization’s Ready and Set to Go! campaign, focusing on patient discharge plans to encourage and facilitate a timely and well-planned departure.

Ann M. King, RN

Ann M. King, RN, MSN, CNOR
Director, Surgical Services
University Medical Center at Princeton (N.J.)
Nominated by: Kate Saia

Under the leadership of Ann King, the hospital has graduated nine new RNs in the Perioperative 101 role, many of whom have matured into leadership roles in their specialties. In 3 1/2 years, she has improved the RN retention rate from 87% to 97%. She has involved the staff in community outreach initiatives, such as food and holiday toy drives for the less fortunate. In 2010, the Perioperative Division distributed 23 food baskets and three holiday childrens’ baskets, and sent two large packages to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. She was the founding president of AORN Chapter 3109 in 2009 and continues to serve as president of the now 27-member organization. Under King’s leadership, the nursing staff conducted evidence-based research that was presented to the AORN Congress in 2010. Her nominator wrote: “She is a great communicator who provides support, mentoring and encouragement to our nursing staff. Above all, no matter what the dilemma, you can count her to gracefully mitigate any stressful situation.”

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