J.T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y., celebrated this years National Nurses Week with a May 11 awards ceremony that honored some special staff. The Nursing Recognition Awards Ceremony recognized RNs, nursing assistants and a unit secretary.
Nurses were addressed by Marie Mulligan, RN, MSN, CNOR, vice president of nursing, who said to them; You do wonderful things for your patients every day, and Im so proud of you all.
The following nurses received awards: Maureen Hervan, RN, and Jeannette Voelger, RN, Preceptor of the Year; Susan Bittner, RN, Nurse Leader of the Year; Lillian Donnelly, RN, Nurse of Excellence; and Donna Hardwicke, RN, Rookie of the Year.
Unit Secretary Anita Mayer and nursing assistants Margaret Massaro and Orvilla Shore also received awards.Christine Brons, RN, right, one of the lucky nurses who found a golden ticket in her chocolate bar, is congratulated by Jean Arnold, RN, director of nursing recruitment.
Five years ago, Hardwicke began her career at Mather as a nursing assistant then went on to obtain her LPN and RN licenses after receiving an associates degree in nursing. She also is working toward a BSN. Im just excited I was selected, she said of her award.
Career stories such as Hardwickes are not rare at Mather, said Joanne Connor, RN, MPA, director of med/surg services. We have a wonderful tuition reimbursement plan, she said. We want to keep everyone in the system.
After the ceremony, nurses were treated to a luncheon, and each was given a candy bar with a special wrapper that included the American Nurses Association 2011 National Nurses Week Theme Trusted to Care and the hospitals logo. Ten of the bars included a golden ticket that was redeemable for door prizes, such as gift certificates for a day of beauty and restaurant gift cards.
The hospital is on its Magnet journey, Mulligan said, and its Press Ganey scores are the highest theyve ever been about 86% for the hospital and about 95% for nursing, which may be attributed to the many initiatives the nursing department has undertaken to improve patient satisfaction. Weve begun utilizing white boards for communication that include the names of the entire patient team: the MD, RN, physical therapist, social worker, radiology technician, dietitian, even housekeeping, Mulligan said. The RN staff also has begun making discharge follow-up calls and participates in hourly rounding. Were doing very well, Mulligan said. Were very proud.