MEET BETH SAVAGE
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Savage, RN, MSN, CPNP, a hematology/oncology nurse at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, was honored as a finalist for Nurse of the Year in the 2013 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program.
According to the NJBIZ newspaper, which has a business focus on varied industries in the state, the Healthcare Heroes program honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in the state. Finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges that included members of New Jerseys business community.
Savage provides care to patients with cancer and varied blood disorders in the pediatric hematology/oncology program at CINJ. She has expertise in treating patients with sickle cell disease, but also in educating families and other nursess about the condition through community events, with poster presentations at annual nursing meetings and through newsletters and other literature.
Having received her MSN from Seton Hall University Graduate School of Nursing, South Orange, Savage came to CINJ in 2001.
She has been providing pediatric care as a nurse for more than 20 years.
Saint Clares Health System, Denville, N.J.: Katie Pierson RN-BC, MSN, ONC, nurse navigator-orthopedics, was selected as the 2013 recipient of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses Outstanding Orthopaedic Nurse Practice Award. The award recognizes a member of NAON who has provided high-quality care to the orthopaedic patient and has made outstanding career contributions to the field of orthopaedic nursing. Pierson was recognized at the NAON 2013 Annual Congress in May in San Antonio.
Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Nancy Verdichizzi, RN, CWOCN; Tara Scofield, RN; and Paula Espejo, RN nurses at Vassar Brothers Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine recently achieved certified hyperbaric registered nurse certification.
The CHRN national exam is administered by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology. The Vassar Brothers nurses have joined approximately 400 nurses certified in hyperbaric nursing nationally.
According to a news release, Vassar Brothers Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is one of 10 wound care centers in New York that has received the distinction of National Accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, N.Y.: ORMC was recognized by The Advisory Board Company for aligning its shared governance councils initiatives with the organizations strategic goals.Vassar Brothers RNs, from left, Nancy Verdichizzi, Paula Espejo and Tara Scofield have earned certified hyperbaric registered nurse certification.
Orange Regional developed its Nursing Congress, composed of various nursing councils, committees and a nursing senate, in October 2011 to ensure that optimal patient care is provided. The formation of the Nursing Congress has allowed ORMC to implement The Advisory Boards Nursing Executive Center tools, including empathy building simulation scenarios, a guide for hourly rounding, building peer accountability and a patient experience toolkit.
Members of the Nursing Congress meet on a monthly basis on what’s been deemed Nursing Congress Day to review hospitalwide initiatives, as well as performance, education of staff and staff recognition.
Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Brenda Martin, RN, employee health/infection control coordinator, was among a group of employees who accepted the 2013 Hospital of the Year Award June 18 from the Sight Society of Northeastern New York, Inc., and the Lions Eye Bank at Albany. The award recognizes Northern Dutchess for its commitment and compassion in the care of grieving families along with accomplishments and best practices used to facilitate cornea donation. With the help of Northern Dutchess, the Lions Eye Bank at Albany was able to honor the wishes of nine families to donate in 2012, thus restoring sight of 12 people suffering from corneal blindness.