Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum has chosen five finalists from the Greater Chicago region for the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category in our 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards program.
The finalists will be recognized May 15 in a ceremony at the Chicago Marriott — Schaumburg, where a winner in the category also will be selected.
Ann Cuvala, RN, MS, OCN
Breast Health Specialist
Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, Ill.
The support Cuvala provides has helped the mammography department maintain a patient satisfaction score of 98-99 continuously throughout the year. She speaks at community outreach events throughout the year. She goes into the poorest of neighborhoods to reach out to women and ease their fears about mammography and breast self-examination. Cuvala is active in the Oncology Nursimg Society and has served as the editor of the societys newsletter and as chapter president. She mentors younger nurses in oncology by working with graduate students and speaking at the local and national level. Her nominator wrote: “Ann has created our unique breast navigation program. She is with the patient from start to finish. Most of the other programs only meet the navigator once they have received the results from the radiologist or (physician) over the phone. Ann adds a personal touch to our program, which creates a lasting relationship with our patients.”Sharon D. Manson, RN
Sharon D. Manson, RN, MS, APN-NP
Director of Nursing — Division of Hematology/Oncology
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Manson handles operational responsibilities — including overseeing more than 20 clinical staff — in addition to providing direct care to oncology patients. She provides education related to emergency response in the ambulatory setting to all newly hired clinical staff through the new employee clinical orientation. She is a member of the Professional Nursing Staff Advanced Practice Nurse Committee and has been a resource to APNs hired into positions at RUMC. Manson was instrumental in the design of the new Rush University Cancer Center and has improved workflows of the facility. Her nominator wrote: “Above and beyond the typical hours of business, she spends enormous amounts of time coaching, encouraging and developing her staff. She calls and talks to patients and their families, consoling … them and keeping them updated about the status of their therapy. Her gestures of kindness and consideration teach all of us lessons not available in the wisest books.”Kelly Modugno, RN
Kelly Modugno, RN, BSN
RN Program Coordinator
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Modugno is responsible for all aspects of clinical care given to patients in the Rush Immuno-Therapy Infusion Center, as well as their scheduling, charges, financial coverage and customer service. She took a lead role in the integration of Epic Systems electronic health record reporting into the clinic. She trained and mentored new RNs and those who had difficulty with the new system. She is doing the same for the implementation of DoseEdge Pharmacy Workflow Manager. Modugno participated on a policy and procedure committee for ambulatory care and has been a team leader for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. As a med/surg staff nurse, she was also a quality improvement representative on the department/unit advisory committee. Her nominator wrote: “I am convinced that Kelly has never, and will never, use the word ‘no when it comes to patient care and their happiness.” She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.Catherine Murks, APN
Catherine Murks, APN, PhD
University of Chicago Medicine
Murks is a nurse practitioner for cardiac transplant service in the Center for Heart Failure Management. In addition to her clinical duties, she serves as an instructor for the Critical Care Course and as the Heart Transplant Center data coordinator for the United Network for Organ Sharing. She assisted with the development and implementation of the Ventricular Assist Device Program and served as the programs first VAD coordinator. Murks has been invited to present her completed dissertation research as a poster presentation at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation 2012 annual conference in Prague. She has held several leadership roles, including chairwoman of the Nursing and Social Science Council of ISHLT (2007-08), president of the Southside Chicago Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (1996-97), and member of the host city reception committee for the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing of the American Heart Association in 2006.Brenda Schmitz, RN
Brenda Schmitz, RN, MSN
Clincial Practice Consultant
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Schmitz is the clinical practice consultant for the radiology department and co-chairwoman of the radiology quality management committee. She has been instrumental in the establishment of the updated moderate sedation policy being rolled out in several procedural areas at NMH and Northwestern Lake Forest (Ill.) Hospital, including imaging, surgical services, GI and cardiology. As an extension of this effort, the nominee has been recognized as a national expert in the safe use of moderate sedation, and played a major role in the development of best practices in moderate sedation for the University Healthsystem Consortium, a group comprised of the nations academic medical centers. During the past year, Schmitz has worked with leadership from the department of imaging services on developing a comprehensive approach to accurately measuring radiation exposure, with a focus on the interventional and neurointerventional patient population and the diagnostic imaging fluoroscopy patient population.