Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill, Fla. Elizabeth Jennings, RN
Elizabeth Jennings, RN, is the 2012 recipient of Habitat for Humanitys Hero of the Year Award, which she received in November. Jennings has been an RN for more than 40 years and has been working at Oak Hill Hospital since 1991. She has volunteered to assist victims of domestic violence since the early 1970s, including assisting victims in relocating to safe locations, and has been actively involved with the Dawn Center, a local domestic violence shelter and is currently president of the centers board of directors. She assists with the organizations fundraisers throughout the year. Additionally, Jennings is the nurse liaison for the SAVE team (sexual assault victim exam), which is an extension of the Hernando County Health Department and the Dawn Center. As a representative of the Dawn Center, Jennings has taken on-call duty, without compensation, for more than 10 years. She is involved with service organizations throughout the county, including the Hernando County Business and Professional Women organization. Also, Jennings has been an active participant for over 20 years with the American Lung Association and works on fundraisers such as the Annual Stair Climb in Tampa and the Clean Air Bike Ride at the Withlacoochee state trail.
Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Deborah Napoli, RN, manager of the cardiac rehabiliation program, received a DAISY Award. In addition to helping patients improve their cardiac health, Napoli serves as secretary for the Holy Cross Mended Hearts Program. Anna Morrison, RN-SPEC, PDP, was presented with the 2012 Registered Nurse Practice Award from the Florida Nurses Association South Region. Morrison is the author of “5 Things They Never Told You in Nursing School,” co-host of “RN.FM Radio: Nursing Unleashed” on Internet radio, and founder of the EntrepreNurse Group, the annual EntrepreNurse Summit and the EntrepreNurse Academy.
St. Marys Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Fla. Dawn Thompson, RN
Dawn Thompson, RN, BSN, was appointed the new ED and trauma services director. Thompson has more than 25 years of nursing experience and has earned certifications in critical care nursing and neuroscience nursing.
South Miami (Fla.) Hospital
The Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses presented the 2012 Award of Excellence in Practice to Shakira Henderson, RNC, MS, MPH, IBCLC, for her excellence in clinical practice and continued innovation in the delivery of care for women and newborns. She developed and implemented an evidenced-based model of care for promoting and supporting NICU mothers who want to breastfeed. Since its inception, breastfeeding outcomes have more than tripled in the NICU.
Delray Medical Center, Delray Beach, Fla. Laine Sherman, RN
Laine Sherman, RN, won the Educator of the Year award at the 2012 Palm Healthcare Foundation Nursing Distinction Awards event. Sherman was recognized for their dedication to excellence in an area of expertise beyond the scope of their jobs, commitment to the profession of nursing, and a sense of community. Cheryl Wild, RN, BSN, MBA, was appointed the hospitals new director of the Progressive Care Unit. In this role, Wild will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the cardiac telemetry/observation unit.
Heart Hospital of Austin (Texas)
Candice Fonke, RN, MBA, was named CNO. She is responsible for leading the nursing team at Heart Hospital of Austin, as well as overseeing compliance with regulatory agencies and customer satisfaction. Fonke assumed the position in October.