Saint Peters Healthcare Systems nurses celebrated National Nurses Week in grand style, hosting a lunch for all employees and an awards ceremony in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center on May 9 National Nurses Day as part of the weeklong celebration.
The nurses at Saint Peters, who last year became one of only six hospitals in the world to win Magnet recognition for nursing excellence a fourth straight time, fulfilled the weeks spirit by honoring some of the best in their profession along with others who support nursing. A host of special programs were held throughout the week.
“A star is a person who is well-known, or famous, for his or her leading roles in motion pictures,” Debra Strauss, RN, lead organizer of the Saint Peters celebration, said in a news release. “Well, every day you, our nurses, are all stars by taking on one of the biggest roles that there can be — that of being part of a nursing team.”
Celebratory eventsOn May 9, Elizabeth Wykpisz, RN, CNO, left, and Sarah Maute, RN, advanced practice nurse in the adult ICU, right, present Jennifer Butwill, RN, PICU, with an award for her community volunteer work during a National Nurse Day celebration.
Recognition awards presented on Nurses Day included: First Year Award, Anuradha Pant, RN, BSN, OCN, oncology; Community Service Award, Jennifer Butwill, RN, MSN, NICU; Friend of Nursing Award, Sister Mary Jane Bransfield, pastoral care; MVP Award, Jennifer Cristobal, NUS, oncology; Nursing Mentor Award, Sharon Donlan, RN, CCRN, NICU; Nursing Research Award, Jin Hee Ang, RN, BSN, 3G; Partners in Care Award, transport; Physician Partnership Award, John Gallucci, MD, pediatric surgery; Team Award, Community Mobile Health; APN Award, Per Rosenkvist, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, BC, ICU/PACU; Aspiring Nurse Leader Award, Lynn Manley, RN, CCRN, interim nurse manager, 3G surgical unit; Nurse Manager Award, Avril Keldo, MSN, NP-C, OCN, oncology; Rosie Trchoz Award, Ketty Falk, RNC; and the Lifetime Achievement Award, Annette Bruney, RN, ONC.
The following nurses won the annual essay contest: Susan DAngelo, RN, charge nurse, NICU, first place; Aaron Freeman, RN, 3G, second place; and Joanne Pecoraro, RN, MSN, OB, GYN, medical staff, third place.
Many events were held throughout the week. Diane Tusek, RN, BSN, and nationally known author and speaker, spoke May 7 about guided imagery and stress release. On the same day, senior staff shadowed a nurse from 10 a.m. to noon, and nurses presented posters on their clinical research projects.
On May 8, Scholar Day, representatives from colleges and universities around the region came to Saint Peters to provide information on advanced education for nurses, including BSN, MSN and doctoral programs. Participating schools included Drexel University College of Medicine, Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, The College of New Jersey and Walden University.
On May 10, nurses participated in “Wear Your Whites to Work Day,” recitation of the Florence Nightingale pledge and a Cupcake Wars competition that Carolyn Champouillon, RN, NICU, won.
“Our nursing staff is one of the most caring and compassionate groups of healthcare professionals found anywhere,” Linda Carroll, RNC, MSN, director of professional practice at Saint Peters, said in a news release. “They constantly set the standard for exemplary care, always keeping patients and families first in their work. National Nurses Week recognizes that excellence.”