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 Management category are as follows:
Kerstin Magee, RN, BSN, MS, CPAN
Director, Pre- and Post-Operative Services
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Nominated by: Frances Baldwin
Kerstin Magee demonstrates outstanding professionalism in her daily work, is a strong advocate for the staff and understands the issues at the bedside. She redefined the clinical ladder and process for advancement to make it more substantive and more complicated for the staff to successfully complete. Magee encourages staff development through support of poster presentations, publishing, research, and speaking engagements at local and national conferences. She listened to the staffs concern regarding documentation in the new clinical information system and developed a project and plan to define the minimum documentation necessary in the system. She consistently and thoughtfully presents a strong case for safety, supporting her staff while keeping in mind all the variables. Her nominator said of Magee: I am consistently amazed at her ability to communicate effectively, handle difficult situations with grace and lead by example.Candace Hanrahan, RN
Candace Hanrahan, RN, MSN, BS
Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md.
Nominated by: Beth Pruski, RN, MSN
Candace Hanrahan demonstrates the ability to manage several units effectively and keep staff motivated to continue improving patient satisfaction. Shortly after joining Holy Cross Hospital, Hanrahan transformed an intermediate care unit that suffered from a poor reputation into a high-performing team. She then accepted additional responsibility for telemetry expansion on another unit, which included staffing it. She later offered to provide leadership on a 29-bed intermediate care unit after the director position was recently vacated. This quickly progressed from an interim position to a permanent one. Hanrahan later covered another vacant director position on a newly transitioned progressive care unit. She also provided interim coverage for the patient placement/staffing office while that director was on extended maternity leave.Nancy Smith, RN
Nancy Smith, RN, BSN, MAS, NE-BC
Senior Director, Patient Care Services
Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md.
Nominated by: Debbie Fleischmann
Nancy Smith has been a nurse for 30 years and held a leadership position in nursing for 26 years. She has been the project lead for numerous initiatives in the organization, both as a manager and director. In 2009, Smiths leadership resulted in an improvement in overall patient satisfaction from below the 10th percentile to above the 70th percentile in less than six months. In addition to her responsibilities for patient care services, she is the interim director for the ED. She is mentoring a new nurse manager in that unit and two new nurse managers of other areas. The hospital received national recognition for the success of a major safety improvement project under Smiths direction. Her nominator said: She never seeks or expects recognition for what she does, but instead views her work as her mission to move the hospital forward in meeting our goals for patient care.Marie Lynn, RN
Marie Lynn, RN, BSN
Inova Alexandria (Va.) Hospital
Nominated by: Joanne Gucciardo
Marie Lynn is described by her nominator as being committed to doing whatever she needs to do in order to grow and develop a strong, accountable nursing staff. Under her leadership, the med/surg unit received the hospitals Quality Award at the most recent service awards dinner because of the units sustained decreases in falls and pressure ulcer rates. In 2007, this unit was selected to be part of AONEs Transforming Care at The Bedside project. Her efforts had great outcomes for the staff and patients. The unit had a poster presentation at the 2009 National Med-Surg Nursing conference highlighting its successful fall prevention program. She is instrumental in creating improved morale within the department, obtaining funds last year to pay for 11 staff memberships in the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses.Suzie McHugh, RN
Suzie McHugh, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNML
Clinical Nurse Manager
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Bel Air, Md.
Nominated by: Margaret Schnitzlein
As the clinical nurse manager for a 14-bed ICU and a 25-bed IMC unit, Suzie McHugh is recognized as a positive role model among her peers and has served as a mentor for the team around her. While assisting with a move into a new hospital, as well as supervising the expansion into a new critical care unit and a newly established cardiac/stroke unit, McHugh ensured her teams were organized while meeting patient safety, thanks to a move plan that was established. She purchased purple tops for all the team involved so everyone knew who the responsible players were that day. In her CNM role, she respects and supports her team in all aspects of their lives, from clinical to personal, thanks to a compassionate spirit and an open-door policy. She supports a family atmosphere on the units, celebrating special events, such as team members birthdays, graduations and holidays.