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Nursing Excellence Finalists 2011: Advancing and Leading the Profession

The finalists in Nursing Spectrum’s 2011 Nursing Excellence Awards event, which will take place May 6 in Schaumburg, Ill., in the Advancing and Leading the Profession category are as follows:

Susan K. Morby, RN, MSN, NE-BC
Director of Professional Practice
MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Ill.
Nominated by: Patricia Peck

Susan Morby spearheaded the work to build a relationship with a highly reputable nursing school so MacNeal could have an on-site BSN program. In the program’s five years, more than 80 nurses have taken part with full scholarships through the hospital. Through her support, the program has a record low attrition rate of two. During a down economy, she innovatively wrote a grant, something she had never done before, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund graduate education for employed nurses.

Susan K. Morby, RN

Her phone rang in January 2010 to inform her a grant for $326,000 would be awarded to provide tuition for 20 nurses to attend an MSN program, the first of its kind at the hospital, and to fund the BSN programs already in place. This year, she received a grant through the same program for an additional $162,000 to pay for an added BSN cohort. All in all, the program will pay for 62 nurses’ schooling this year alone.

Nina Ortegon, APN, ACNP-BC, C-NPT, SANE-A, SANE-P
Advanced Practice Nurse
Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, Oak Lawn, Ill.
Nominated by: Kim Souder

Among Nina Ortegon’s numerous ideas to engage staff at a new level, she has taken the lead on a project this year to present to the staff every month with three case reviews taken from real patient scenarios. The case reviews cover rare conditions or possibly clinical dilemmas nurses encounter every day.

Nina Ortegon, APN

Each case is an investigation from the nursing point of view and engages nurses to discuss conditions to improve care and describe improvements in care in an interactive way. After the first offering in January, many nurses complimented the reviews and appreciated that they were presented from a nursing perspective.

Many staff members have brought forward ideas for the next case reviews that will be prepared and presented in coming months because of recent patient encounters. In addition to her heavy workload, Ortegon continues to practice part-time as a nurse practitioner at an outside facility to ensure her clinical skills are maintained.

Mary Saba, RN, MSN
Director of Ambulatory Nursing
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Nominated by: Jill Swinning and Beverly Hancock

Mary Saba’s nominators point out the vision, insight, knowledge and expert leadership skills she demonstrates.

Mary Saba, RN

She used all of those skills to transform 55 outpatient clinics from independent, inconsistent and somewhat disorganized entities to a more cohesive group with uniform structure and processes. Through her leadership, the efficiency and effectiveness of the more than 200 nurses and medical assistants in the multispecialty practices has improved significantly in just three years.

In 2006, Saba was appointed as the medical center’s first director of ambulatory nursing. Among her numerous successes was saving more than $300,000 in two years by using the float pool as opposed to agency RNs and medical assistants. In her third year as director, Saba was able to implement a quality improvement committee within the ambulatory clinics, which now have the ability to measure their data in a consistent manner and provide meaningful results. Year three also brought about the development and beginning of the rollout for a transition to electronic health records in all clinic settings.

Sandra M. Webb-Booker, RN

Sandra M. Webb-Booker, RN, BSN, PhD, MS
Chief Nurse
330th Medical Brigade, Fort Sheridan, Ill.
Nominated by: Dianna D. Hilson

Sandra Webb-Booker is admired by many, according to her nominator, for having expertise in nephrology, nursing education and the Illinois Nurse Practice Act. She consistently extends herself to assist others, not only those in the military but also people pondering military careers. She also assists those she works with in a civilian capacity, and nursing colleagues who serve alongside her on various committees. The first nurse approved by a military board to serve in a command position, Webb-Booker has served for seven years as a member of the Board of Nursing for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations. As the chief nurse at a facility that represents a conglomeration of military hospitals, she supports staff development. When two colleagues were asked to provide a class to a large group of soldiers who had just returned from an exhausting field exercise, Webb-Booker convinced them both that they possessed the skills, experience and resources needed to provide the body of content. The class turned out to be a success, thanks to her guidance.

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