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 Mentoring category are as follows:
Michelle Michaels, RN, BSN, CCRN
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Nominated by: Sarah Keller
Michelle Michaels chose nursing as a second degree and has been in the profession for about 15 years. During that time, she has worked in the OR, procedural care and cardiac care; has managed an ICU; and has worked in all aspects of critical care nursing. Because of her varied expertise and enthusiasm about teaching, she is well respected on her unit. Michaels was barely at the hospital a year before asked to serve as a preceptor to new graduate nurses. She is versatile because of her vast critical care knowledge and can take the role of charge nurse or resource nurse when needed. For most, teaching a new nurse in a critical care setting can be stressful and a lot of responsibility. Michaels enjoys the experience and takes on every position with a positive attitude and approachable demeanor. Her nominator says Michaels is brave enough to try new things and venture from one path to help others. Described as compassionate and positive by colleagues, Michaels has impacted many nurses careers and will impact many more to come.Cynthia Walker, RN
Cynthia Walker, RN, BSN, CWON
Wound Ostomy Nurse Specialist
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore
Nominated by: Mary Ann Greene RN, DNP
A nurse for more than 30 years, Cynthia Walker has served as a role model and mentor at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Last year, she ran a program called Skin in September, Ostomy in October. During these months, Walker organized special events on day and night shifts to focus attention on the special care required in these areas. She mentored several wound team nurses to make presentations of their work and take pride in the improvements they made. In addition, she worked with the wound team nurses to present a Nursing Grand Rounds where the staff nurses presented a patient with serious and complex wounds. Their pride in successfully caring for this patient was a testament to Walkers coaching in patient care and in the presentation. In addition, she had an idea that extended lengths of stay in an ED were causing an increase in certain units pressure ulcer rates. She worked with leadership to obtain special mattresses, modify their documentation and alter nursing practices. Although it is too early for results, the picture is promising.Barbara Bilconish, RN-BC
Barbara Bilconish, RN-BC, MSN
Director, Professional Nursing Practice/Magnet Program
Shore Health System, Cambridge, Md.
Nominated by: Jane Flowers, RN, MSN, CNOR
Barbara Bilconish, according to her nominator, never complains about her workload. In fact, she is known to always have the time to take on new projects. She leads by example and when she speaks, the staff listen. As someone who is willing to work countless hours on a project in an unassuming role, Bilconish ensures that she stays in the background as a program is successful. When it comes to a new procedure, policy or practice to implement, she first develops an educational plan, then works with staff so that she understands issues surrounding the rollout. Bilconish then redirects the education. On Shores successful journey to Magnet designation, Bilconish coordinated the effort, spent hours studying the 14 forces of magnetism and mentored staff from managers to staff nurses into a true cultural change for nursing practice. Bilconish never appears to be too busy to help a nurse or answer questions. Bilconish is the nurse everyone wants to emulate. On any weekend, she might be found teaching CPR to firefighters, store clerks or healthcare providers.Fluryanne Leach, RN
Fluryanne Leach, RN, MS, CIC
Chief, Infection Control and Epidemiology Service
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Nominated by: Susan Fraser
Fluryanne Leach is described by her nominator as a highly skilled expert in her field, an innovator, a sound critical thinker, a collaborator, and a nurse with an excellent reputation across multiple disciplines. She establishes trust and cooperation that facilitates mutually agreed upon and improved outcomes in the safety arena and infection control with quiet confidence, persistence and dedication to excellence. Leach developed her mentoring skills over years of experience that have honed a unique and broad perspective in the prevention and control of infections. She serves as a long-distance expert consultant for nurses tasked with infection control in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a mentor for less-experienced nurses faced with incredible challenges in recent years of war. She is a committed mentor who is dedicated to the growth and development of others, volunteering at patient safety and educational fairs at Walter Reed and other locations in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region.Karen E.B. Evans, RN
Karen E.B. Evans, RN, MSN, CM/DN
Regional Manager of Education
FutureCare Health and Management, Pasadena, Md.
Nominated by: Rhonda Scott
The reach of Karen E.B. Evans extends throughout her companys education and professional development department. In her role, Evans serves an 11-facility long-term care organization and is directly responsible for eight clinical education specialists and one education administrative specialist. She also plans and implements training for more than 2,500 employees. Since joining the organization in 2008, Evans has developed numerous educational programs and workshops and, among her many achievements, created a New RN Graduate Program specifically geared toward introducing a new RN into the role of leader and efficient clinician in long-term care. To her nominator, Evans not only coaches our team, she suits up and plays in the game. She is known for her ability to empower colleagues to recognize their true potential as nurses, educators and leaders, at the same time being approachable, nonjudgmental and open-minded, and always conveying respect.