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Nursing Excellence 2011 Finalists: Mentoring

The finalists in Nursing Spectrum’s Nursing Excellence Awards event, which will take place May 6 in Schaumburg, Ill., in the Mentoring category are as follows:

Nicole Gooding, RN, MSHS, CHPN
Education Consultant
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Nominated by: Dawn Pepsnik

In her role within the education, training and development department, Nicole Gooding coordinates and facilitates monthly general nursing orientation and general med/surg new graduate orientation programs.

She co-facilitates the new nurse manager orientation and assists with other hospitalwide training, including leadership and customer service. To colleagues at Northwestern, Gooding goes about her work expertly and without fanfare.

Karen Grush, RN

“She sees opportunities for improvement and quietly takes action,” her nominator said. Gooding’s vast clinical experience includes orthopedic trauma, cardiac telemetry, hospice/palliative care, home hospice and case management. Gooding exhibits compassion and caring in dealing with colleagues. Last year, she co-presented at a national convention with a colleague who had never presented nationally before. She encouraged, nurtured and supported this colleague to improve her presentation skills and increase her comfort level. The presentation was such a success that both nurses have been invited to repeat the presentation at other events. Gooding, a published author, also is guiding this colleague in the process of writing their work and submitting a journal article for publication.

Karen Grush, RN, MS
Public Health Administrator
DeKalb County Health Department, DeKalb, Ill.
Nominated by: Bette Chilton and Jane Lux

Under Karen Grush’s leadership, the nurse-managed DeKalb County Health Department has enjoyed a reputation throughout Illinois for high quality and integrity. The organization has encouraged and promoted the role of the nurse as a critical force in improving public health outcomes because of Grush’s direct mentorship of a generation of nurses. She ensures the underserved populations in the county receive the care and nurturing they deserve, and she does so without seeking recognition. Since joining the health department in 1974, Grush has helped the staff grow 200%, as financial resources have increased tenfold and public health services and programs have expanded. Grush’s mentoring skills have developed nurses whose work has resulted in decreased infant mortality, teen pregnancy and low birth-weight infant rates in DeKalb County and has improved nutritional status of pregnant women and children, childhood immunization rates and healthcare access, especially for low-income and underserved populations.

Zeb Koran, RN

Zeb Koran, RN, APN, DNP, CEN, CCRN
Director, Professional Practice
Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Nominated by: Gloria Reidinger

Zeb Koran serves in the Center for Clinical Affairs, a unique department developed to ensure clinical excellence and to support caregivers. In this role, she mentors nurses at all levels to integrate new knowledge into their nursing practice. Her nominator said whether Koran is supporting the development of a new nurse graduate or encouraging a peer to meet a professional challenge, she gives 100%. Koran has forged a career filled with examples of lighting the way for nurses to excel. She is a mentor and a resource to nurses in a funded research fellowship program. She guides novice researchers to find answers to clinical questions using research principles. Through mentoring and consistent encouragement, she helps them become successful researchers. She is not only supportive as they integrate their findings into practice, but also guides them to present their findings in public formats. She doesn’t point nurses in a certain direction, but instead guides them to determine which path is right for them.

Cheryl A. Lefaiver, RN

Cheryl A. Lefaiver, RN, PhD
Professional Nurse Researcher
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.
Nominated by: Wendy Micek

Recognized as a capable, intelligent nurse who imparts her knowledge effortlessly, Cheryl Lefaiver is responsible for mentoring bedside staff through the research and evidence-based practice processes to influence and change practice. She serves as co-chairwoman of the organization’s nursing research council and is a member of the systemwide research council, which consists of nurses from nine hospitals. Lefaiver’s mentorship goes beyond the expertise achieved in her field. She demonstrates a pleasant, patient attitude with staff at all levels, from bedside nurses to APNs. She can explain complicated topics in common and accessible language. She has encouraged nurses to lead, participate and perform nursing research and then share their efforts through posters and presentations. According to her nominator, before Lefaiver’s role came about, many nurses struggled with research and had very little drive to get involved. With the position supported at the organizational level, Lefaiver has enhanced the knowledge and depth of nursing research at the facility and has done so in a very caring manner.

Emily Read, RN

Emily Read, RN, MSN, MPH
Education Quality Coordinator
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Nominated by: Jill Swinning, Beverly Hancock, Ruth Fiedler and Patty Nedved

A few months after Emily Read started working in the nursing education and development department, the nurse residency program’s coordinator lost her fight to breast cancer. Read took on the role with grace and integrity, according to her nominators. Read maintains the integrity of the residency program and serves as an exemplary mentor. Thanks to a fun-loving, energetic personality, she is recognized as a pleasure to work with and a person who goes above and beyond to lend a helping hand. Her dedication to the program is evident in her efforts to ensure the nurse residents have good experiences while providing a sounding board for residents and advocating for them by bringing concerns to nursing leadership and administration. Read says she learns something new from the residents each time they meet. The things they tell her can be sad, exciting, scary, happy or even shocking, but the fact they feel comfortable sharing with her speaks to how respected she is as a mentor.

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