The Mentoring finalists for Nursing Spectrum’s 2011 Nursing Excellence awards program are as follows:
Martin Manno, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CEN
Clinical Director, Clinical Education, Professional Development
Kennedy Health System, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Nominated by: Robin Ash Yeager
Martin Manno serves as a corporate director for the Clinical Education, Professional Development, and Research Department at Kennedy Health System. He has more than 26 years of experience in clinical education, leadership and faculty appointments. He is the creator and author of Mosbys NCLEX review cards. Many nights he would stay late to tutor new nurses on the skills they needed to pass their NCLEX and thought nothing of putting the extra effort in, one of his colleagues said. In 2010, he co-authored a study on excellence in nursing leadership. The manuscript was accepted and published last year in the Journal of Nursing Administration. Since 2006, he has served as an editorial advisory board member for the publishing firm Wolters Kluwer/Lippincot Williams & Wilkins.Linda M. Hoke, RN
He is a former Peer Review Panel Member for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Perspective in Psychiatric Care: The Journal for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing.
Linda M. Hoke, RN, PhD, CCNS, ACNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Sandra Adams OHaire
Linda Hoke is a clinical nurse specialist 4 for a progressive CICU. Over the past four years, Hoke has trained and supported RN staff growth from 40 to 77, precepted CNS candidates from multiple universities, and provided support for the clinical training of nearly a hundred undergraduate students onsite through academic agreements with the system, all while mentoring staff through a unit expansion from 30 to 48 beds. [Hoke] never closes her door, or turns off her phone, her nominator said. Even when inundated with professional responsibilities, she considers it her personal responsibility to serve as a role model and mentor to all those in the field. Hoke has guided many nurses in academic pursuits, certification and nursing advancement though the clinical ladder. She has a role on all unit-based committees and many high-profile hospital-based committees, including the Magnet Committee.Chaudron Carter, RN
Chaudron Carter, RN, EdD, MHEd, MHA, NE-BC
Cooper University Hospital, Camden, N.J.
Nominated by: James Ingram
Chaudron Carter is responsible for the oversight of vascular/general/intermediate surgery, orthopedics, neurology, and epilepsy service lines. She is knowledgeable in state-of-the-art technology and is responsible for establishing the new position and role of nursing education technology educator. She is referred to as a motivational force in the lives of her staff, her nominator said. She continually provides mentorship, direction and inspiration for countless people, including many of her colleagues. Carter is an advocate for quality patient care through education and research. She has been responsible for the implementation of many programs that benefit nurses and nursing development. Carter was instrumental in the establishment of the hospitals Center for Clinical and Professional Development, which houses a state-of-the-art simulation lab, several media-equipped classrooms and a computer lab.Lauren Fagan, RN
Lauren Fagan, RN, BSN
Unit Based Nurse Educator
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Shawn Deutsch
Lauren Fagan is the nurse unit-based educator for the Thoracic Intermediate Care and Observation Unit. She is responsible for educating unit nurses on evidence-based practices and changes to policy and protocol. Fagan identifies changes to skill needs on the unit and provides the appropriate education to address them. She implemented a new innovative patient ambulation program and communication board to empower patients to participate in their care. She tailors her coaching style and approach to fit the specific individual. The unit has won two awards during the two years she has been its nurse unit-based educator, including one for the Patient Ambulation Program, which earned a spot in the top 10 for the 2009 Delaware Valley Patient Safety Award. The Observation Unit received honorable mention in the 2010 Health System Quality and Patient Safety Awards.Tahitia Lloyd, RN-BC
Tahitia Lloyd, RN-BC, MSN, ONC
Virtua Memorial, Mount Holly, N.J.
Nominated by: Juvy Acosta
Tahitia Lloyd is a clinical educator/APN for the oncology/ACE unit, VAD team and outpatient infusion room. She is co-chair of the system Med-Surg Practice Council, attends the system VAD Council, is a member of the cancer committee, co-facilitates the pain resource nurse group, and is part of the pain steering group. She can be found placing an IV on a hard stick patient, helping in the infusion center, planning an educational dinner for the VAD team, teaching competencies for the nursing assistants, giving a lecture on central lines or planning a systemwide education event, her nominator said. She seems always willing to help and never says no. She restarted the Oncology Nursing Practice Council to address inpatient needs, focus on quality and encourage the use of evidence-based practice. She is working with the oncology nurse navigators to develop a tool that flags inpatients that qualify for navigation services who would otherwise be missed.