Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum has chosen five finalists from the Philadelphia Tri-State region for the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category in our 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards program. The finalists will be recognized May 8 in a ceremony at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, where a winner in the category also will be selected.
Jane Pray, RN, MSN
Supervisor, Nurse-Family Partnership
Drexel University, Philadelphia
Pray has made considerable improvements to Philadelphias Nurse-Family Partnership maternal health program, which introduces vulnerable first-time parents to maternal and child health nurses. Pray and her four nurses have made more than 1,600 family visits over the past year. She proactively learned motivational interviewing to work with her nurses during supervision to incorporate an empathetic, nonjudgmental style, helping nurses create an atmosphere for change. Nurses reported it minimized resistance and maximized their self-motivation. Pray also has done extensive work and volunteering for asthma causes. She has been recognized by the American Lung Association, has led a team for the Asthma Walk, and has worked with the Steering Committee and the Smokeless Homes Workgroup of the Philadelphia Allies Against Asthma Coalition. She also has presented relevant information about asthma to a variety of groups. Her nominator wrote: “(Pray) is a dedicated nurse who works tirelessly in the community, particularly with underserved, at-risk, vulnerable populations.”Cheryl Butman, RN
Cheryl Butman, RN, BSN, OCN
Team Lead Nurse
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center, Philadelphia
Butman has worked on projects that enhance the work environment and lead to improved patient care and safety. She has devised a system to work with scheduling to facilitate appointments for patients, many of whom come from more than 300 miles away. She has worked to assure the safe delivery of chemotherapy to patients by assessing and changing the process for delivery of medications. This was accomplished using a systemwide approach involving several departments. Pray works closely with the team to maintain focus on a process called “endorsement,” where staff focuses on a subject matter to assist everyone in providing exceptional care to patients with cancer. She provided leadership in implementing a complex process with administration of a new prostate cancer drug, which involves outside sources, including the Red Cross for plasmapheresis. Her nominator wrote: “Cheryl is an example of a nurse who epitomizes the concepts of comprehensive care.”Tamara McGovern, RN
Tamara McGovern, RN
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
McGovern is a staff nurse in the department of radiology oncology, where she provides education to outpatients recently diagnosed with cancer. Her most challenging role is with the head and neck population. She also is the primary nurse for the hospitals lung population. McGoverns proactive nursing has saved lives. Her dedication to patients includes follow-up after daily treatment has been completed. Since she has taken ownership of these patients, survival rates have increased. She pursues all avenues to locate patients who are lost to follow-up care. She has participated in free screenings of oral cancers and in local fundraising events to promote awareness and community involvement. She is a mentor to novice nurses, first-year residents, radiation therapists and students doing radiation rotation. Her nominator wrote: “She is an excellent patient advocate, compassionate care provider and excellent clinician. Her kindness and empathy have altered many of the patients lifestyles after therapy.”Sara Klingner, RN
Sara Klingner, RN, MSN, CNM
Program Manager, Nurse-Family Partnership
Visiting Nurse Association of St. Lukes, Bethlehem, Pa.
Klingner created an NFP Advisory Board and heads quarterly meetings. She is on the networks Quality Advisory Committee and the local Parents as Teachers advisory board. She worked to bring a revamped database system to all NFP sites across the nation. Her oversight of the program has brought about higher breastfeeding rates, lower prenatal smoking rates, decreased subsequent pregnancy rates and decreased incidences of low birth weight babies in vulnerable, first-time mothers. She accompanies nurses on visits late in the evening and works tirelessly to obtain funds to provide needed goods. She works with knitters and quilting groups to secure hats, scarves and blankets. She has forged relationships with librarians and literacy advocates who donate funds for quality books for babies. She has enlisted friends and church members who have donated money and supplies to help mothers earn GEDs and assembled food baskets to feed the neediest families.Martha Fedor, RN
Martha Fedor, RN, CRRN
Tele-Monitor Nurse Coordinator
The Home Care Network, Jefferson Home Health System, Radnor, Pa.
Fedors responsibilities include daily monitoring of patients, setup and removal of monitoring systems and education. Fedor believes in being a patient advocate and having the patient be a significant part of the decision-making process. She has been known to attend medical appointments with patients to better understand the medications, procedures and diagnosis. In the workplace, she is part of many teams that meet to coordinate the care and education of patients, and she speaks at Main Line Health functions. Fedor is a role model to nursing students who rotate for clinical experience, and she mentors new employees. She teaches classes to home health aides in the network and has educated medical and non-medical people about the tele-monitoring role. Her nominator writes: “She is compassionate, honest, caring, humble and eager to help in any way that is necessary. She is one of a kind.”