Nursing Spectrum will honor its 2011 finalists for the Nursing Excellence Awards program at a gala Tuesday, June 7 in Greenbelt, Md.
The finalists for the Community Service category are as follows:
Susan Breisch, RN-BC, MSN, CCRN
Nurse Manager, Critical Care Unit
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, Va.
Nominated by: Rebecca Wilkins, RN, MSN
Along with her work as a nurse, Susan Breisch is a lifetime volunteer member of the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department since 1986. She served for 20 years as an EMT on the ambulance crew taking call to cover runs, and today she is an active administrative member, supporting multiple fundraising activities and events. She earned the lifetime volunteer designation for serving a minimum of 240 hours annually for 10 consecutive years. She also has supported the development of her volunteer colleagues by becoming an instructor. She actively has recruited and screened new volunteers, assisting them with becoming successful members of the team. The GSVFDs budget is supported through activities such as twice-weekly bingo sessions and bi-annual pancake breakfasts, events that Breisch assists with regularly to help the department buy much-needed equipment. Though she has served the GSVFD for many years, she does so humbly, as few nursing colleagues are aware of her volunteer service.Cynthia Earley, RN
Cynthia Earley, RN, BSN
Post-Surgical Staff Nurse
Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, Va.
Nominated by: Karen Gabel Speroni
While Cynthia Earleys primary role is staff nurse in the post-surgical unit, she also has volunteered to coordinate research efforts resulting in award-winning research that has decreased obesity in children and adults. To conduct the nursing research, she has coordinated annual walk/run events to raise money. As a result of this research, her hospital offers a living fit class for employees. Earley is instrumental in organizing and offering this holistic, evidence-based program so everyone can benefit from a balanced, healthy lifestyle. She has touched the lives of thousands in this capacity. She has presented on the ethics of consenting patients for research subjects and also makes presentations at local elementary school science fairs to spread the word to schoolchildren that nurses are scientists.Susan Groman, RN
Susan Groman, RN, BS
Stroke Program Coordinator
Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md.
Nominated by: Debbie Fleischmann
Susan Groman works with all of the members of the stroke team to ensure every member understands the importance of the role they play to assess, manage and treat patients in a timely manner. By educating county residents about stroke warning signs, ensuring prompt treatment by EMS and ED staff, encouraging patient rehabilitation and creating stroke survivor support groups, she has become the face of stroke care in the county. Through her ongoing work with the countys Fire and Rescue Services, she revised an existing radio report, the form that is completed by ED staff when the EMS crew calls with information about a patient. She modified the form to include specific protocol about stroke and heart attack. The model she developed has been put forth by the state EMS agency as a model of collaboration for other hospitals and county EMS services.Ann-Marie Lee-Wilkins, RN
Ann-Marie Lee-Wilkins, RN, BSN, CRRN
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore
Nominated by: Margaret Richards
The 2005 death of Ann-Marie Lee-Wilkins friend, mentor and confidant, Sister Patricia Douglas, at a spiritual retreat in Barbados had a profound impact on Lee-Wilkins life. That year, she and friends formed the Sister Patricia Douglas Youth Empowerment Foundation, an organization that works to provide scholarships and healthcare in Lee-Wilkins home of St. Vincent. Last year, Wilkins organized a group of healthcare professionals for an outreach mission to bring health-screening services to St. Vincent. She was accompanied by a physician, an NP and two nurses, all of whom were volunteers. To date, the organization has endowed 15 scholarships and taken two service trips. Lee-Wilkins caring for others also extends to her facility. During a recent weather event, she personally paid cab fares for her staff, as many of the bus services had been discontinued. During poor weather last winter, her daily 60-mile commute to work often included picking up others on her drive.Patricia L. Phillips, RN
Patricia L. Phillips, RN
Admission Nurse Liaison
Shore Health System, Easton, Md.
Nominated by: Janet Wilson Hash
Patricia L. Phillips excels in her job performance, according to her nominator, because she is an independent thinker who eagerly takes on additional duties to help her unit. She has a natural instinct to help others, as evidenced by her concern for women in the area who were not receiving prenatal care. Phillips investigated, and learned these women would go to a local health department for their first prenatal visit, but could not afford the care. Her colleagues at the health department informed her many babies could be born without prenatal care, a situation to which Phillips had to respond to help these children. She solely organized a raffle called Pamper Me Basket, in which she personally donated or received donations of items that someone could use to be pampered. She partnered with a ladies auxiliary and other nursing units in the hospital. She became known as The Basket Lady, raising thousands of dollars for women in the county to receive prenatal care.