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 Teaching category are as follows:
Ellen Thompson, RNC-OB, MS, BSN, C-EFM
Clinical Education Program Manager
Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md.
Nominated by: Debbie Fleischmann
Ellen Thompson has positively impacted safety in OB care through her educational efforts and initiatives. Though she was initially drawn to management, she quickly realized her true calling was teaching. Students benefitted from her clinical expertise for eight years until she was recruited into her current position. Thompson arrives early every morning to talk with the night shift staff and finds teachable moments to reinforce the nurses roles as coaches and advocates for their patients. She has worked closely with the obstetricians and is respected by them for her clinical expertise and no-nonsense approach to teamwork in safely managing a laboring mother to delivery. She helped establish an OB STAT team to respond to maternal emergencies in all areas of the hospital and trained all nurses and providers in electronic fetal monitoring to prepare them for the certification exam. In addition, she conducts ongoing simulation drills on the units, coaching nurses in the appropriate responses to emergent delivery.Lori Geisler, RN
Lori Geisler, RN, MSN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Shore Health System, Easton, Md.
Nominated by: Jane Flowers, RN, MSN, CNOR
Teaching is not the major focus of Lori Geislers job, but she does it well. She is known as a complete nurse in that she can provide direct bedside care and teach others how to provide exceptional care as well. She inspires new and veteran nurses to excel. Staff members frequently seek her expertise when facing a challenge or learning about a new procedure, equipment or a policy change. She is known by colleagues as a humble person who does not seek the spotlight. She is frequently asked to be an instructor for our new nurses in the health systems Critical Care University program. When teaching, this nurse has the ability to speak in a language that the audience will understand and remember regarding many difficult subjects. She also has taught CPR to staff members and community organizations, including a group of boat captains and watermen.Verna Tereceita (Terry) Laidlow, RN
Verna Tereceita (Terry) Laidlow, RN, DNP, MSN
Health Initiative Specialist/Assistant Professor
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Nominated by: Sheri L. Miller, RN, BSN
Terry Laidlow believes nurses are never too old or too experienced to learn, and she demonstrates her high regard for education by example. She does not confine her teaching and mentoring to the classroom nor her nursing to the bedside. Long before she was officially an educator, she consistently went out of her way to help other nurses. Laidlow was asked to design and teach a critical-thinking course for our international nurses to help with the transition to our culture and practices. The class was so successful that it became mandatory for any nurse new to critical care specialties and eventually led to the development of the university collaborative program through which she now teaches. She spends her free time in preparation for classes, and many of her lunch periods are used to provide extra help.Janet B. Wurie, RN
Janet B. Wurie, RN, MSN
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, Va.
Nominated by: Kathy E. McNamara
Janet Wurie wears many hats in her nursing roles, but education is a high priority in her life and work. She educates the nursing staff on the night shift. As an adjunct clinical instructor at a community college, she provides leadership and guidance to students. She also works with inmates as a correctional health nurse, where her primary focus is providing care to the ill while educating inmates in management of hypertension/chronic illnesses and prevention for those with a cardiac history. A colleague calls Wurie a triathlete of education. She travels biannually to her native country of Sierra Leone to teach residents about disease prevention and wellness. This clinic is open only during Wuries visits to the Freetown area. She does this work at her own expense with minimal donations from colleagues for supplies. Local churches and community leaders announce her arrival and prospective visits in Sierra Leone so they can take full advantage of her teaching. At her hospital, Wurie promotes collegiality and showing appreciation to each other.Thomas Maykrantz, RN
Thomas Maykrantz, RN, MS, CCRN
Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist
Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore
Nominated by: Rebecca B. Graystone, RN, MS, MBA
Thomas Maykrantz is responsible for the nurse educators in the Medicine Service Line as well as the teaching, mentoring and educational development for several hundred nurses reporting in the service line. As a nurse for 26 years, he is highly respected for his no-nonsense leadership style and ability to accomplish complex, multi-disciplinary projects. He almost singlehandedly developed nursing and technical education for more than 3,000 employees moving to a new hospital facility. He spent countless hours investigating, planning, assessing, creating and implementing all aspects of education, including patient safety, fire safety, emergency preparedness, access routes, technology tools, call systems, patient lift systems and medication processes. As chair of the Advance Practice Nurse Council, he has worked hard to ensure the advancement of nursing practice and integrate the role of APNs as consultants and resources to the general nursing population. Maykrantz also is a founding member of a regional critical care consortium. During his 17 years of involvement, the consortium has grown from five hospitals to 17.