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Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center nurse receives national GEM award

Lynn Watson, RN, of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, received a mock magazine cover for her National GEM award, along with the award, flowers, and a signed copy of “The American Nurse” book during a reception at the hospital honoring her award.

Lynn Watson, MSN, RN, CMSRN, became emotional during a congratulatory reception held in recognition of her 2014 National GEM award at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill.

“My cup runneth over,” said Watson, speaking to about 100 people including family members, friends and colleagues at the Nov. 3 reception. “That’s really how I feel at this moment.”

Watson, who received the national award in the Education and Mentorship category, thanked her family and an “incredible team” of colleagues at Saint Joseph Medical Center for making the award possible.

“I love coming to work every day and the reason I love coming to work is I get to work with truly amazing nurse leaders and professionals,” she said.

In presenting Watson with the award, Cheryl Portner, MSN, RN, vice president of staff development and training/nurse executive for, said Watson was selected for the national honor from hundreds of nominees and six regional winners in her category. “Lynn truly represents excellence in nursing,” she said.

Watson has worked in nursing and nursing education for about 20 years, the past nine at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. As director of professional nursing practice and development at the hospital, Watson is credited with implementing initiatives to improve nurse education and mentoring at the facility, leading to higher retention rates and reduced employee turnover. She supervises a team of about 15 nurse educators who provide clinical education and professional development to the nearly 850 nurses at the facility.

Presence Saint Joseph CNO Jackie Medland, PhD, RN, said Watson is “one of the finest nursing professionals I’ve ever met” and “an incredible asset to our medical center.”

“Lynn has gained the trust and respect of every single person in this hospital,” Medland said. “She epitomizes excellence and represents the highest commitment to quality education.”

Watson said she felt honored just to be nominated for the GEM award in the Education and Mentorship category among such an elite group of nursing professionals.

“I felt very proud to be part of that, and then to be chosen as the winner in that category, I just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I just like cried. The national award was quite a shock to me.”

John Roszkowski is a regional editor with

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