With more than 100 colleagues in attendance at a congratulatory reception at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Miriam Greenspan, RN, MS, was awarded the 2011 national Nurse.com Nursing Excellence plaque on May 2.
An esteemed program director and manager of the Center for Nursing Excellence at the Boston facility, Greenspan has worked with BWH nursing staff for more than five years on simulation, narrative practice and preceptor and nurse director development.
Upon presenting Greenspan with the award in the teaching category and a bouquet of flowers, Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MS, senior vice president and chief nurse executive for Gannett Healthcare Group, the publishers of Nurse.com, praised Greenspan for her exemplary dedication and exceptional work in educating the next generation of nurses and in advancing the clinical education of more seasoned professionals.
“Miriams expertise in simulation is highly valued; she is an expert at translating real world clinical situations in the simulation lab, which has helped to make the program one of the most successful in the region and nationally,” Williamson said.
Colleagues said the Center for Nursing Excellence was fortunate to recruit Greenspan as its nursing orientation model underwent change and as the education process for new nurses was revamped. Greenspans coworkers view her as a rare and gifted teacher who inspires them with a passion for learning through the use of the technology-based teaching modality.
“I try to listen to your voices, for you know what is important for your patients and your staff,” Greenspan said. “You are the experts, and you are the ones who are going to bring about change.”
As she accepted the award, Greenspan received a standing ovation from the nurses and healthcare professionals in attendance.
Called the “consummate professional,” Greenspan implemented the hospitalwide nurse director role development program with a curriculum that uses science, nursing theories and research. She also developed a widely recognized and successful narrative practice program and a preceptor development program, which boasts high enrollments and supports new and experienced preceptors.
The recipient of numerous awards and an expert in her field, Greenspan maintains a large network of nursing leaders who represent the “nursing sages” in the region. She generously shares knowledge on mentoring, simulation and role development that others are eager to adopt.
“Nurses are able to bring what they learn from the center right into their practice, to help their patients and families, which is why we are all here,” Greenspan said. “I love to watch staff develop professionally; I see how well they care for their patients, and I know they will continue this work.”
Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is a regional reporter.