When I had the privilege of calling Dr. Coleman to tell her she had been named the 2014 national GEM Award winner in the category of Advancing and Leading the Profession, she said she was speechless, adding and thats definitely not a word most people use to describe me. I am so honored and this recognition is more than amazing, Nurse.com Chief Nurse Executive Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, told family members and colleagues of Bernice Coleman, PhD, RN, FAAN, research scientist II, at the Nov. 11 celebration held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Colleague input and GEM processRay Riordan, Nurse.com executive vice president, sales and marketing (from left), celebrates with Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, vice president for nursing, CNO and director of nursing research, Cedars-Sinai and Eileen Williamson, RN, Nurse.com senior vice president and chief nurse executive, at the reception honoring Bernice Coleman, RN, research scientist II, as a 2014 national GEM Award winner.
Her nominator, Jane Swanson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, director of education, and colleagues say Coleman is the one who is amazing. Working with more than 2,800 nurses, Coleman supports the advancement of evidence-based practice and research. A pathfinder in transplant nursing practice for 25 years, she works in the APN Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist program at the facilitys Heart Institute. She has made outstanding national and international contributions and, according to Swanson, her work embodies the concept of bench to bedside
Before presenting Coleman with the national award, Williamson explained the Giving Excellence Meaning program and the scope of what Coleman had accomplished in being named a national winner.
After six winners in each region are selected at our GEM events, a second judging process on blinded nominations is carried out for the national phase of the program, Williamson said. One nurse in each of the six categories is chosen to be a national winner. Bernice Coleman is one of those six, so what she has achieved is extraordinary.
CNOs commentsEileen Williamson, RN, Nurse.com senior vice president and chief nurse executive (left) surprises Bernice Coleman, RN, research scientist II, with a signed copy of the American Nurse book.
Williamson presented Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, vice president for nursing, CNO and director of nursing research, Cedars-Sinai, with a facility plaque, recognizing the facility as the home to a Nurse.com national winner.
Dr. Coleman is an excellent clinician, educator and scientist with a distinguished career in all three areas, Burnes Bolton said. She is very deserving of the recognition from Nurse.com and the healthcare community.
Contributions to national health policyCongratulating Bernice Coleman, RN, research scientist II (center) are Nurse.com staff (from left) Ray Riordan, executive vice president, sales and marketing; Michael Tierney, senior vice president, marketing and advertising; Matt Flentie, regional account manager; Lance Pine, vice president, business development and strategic planning; Eileen Williamson, RN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive; and Chuck Berk, regional sales manager.
Colemans clinical expertise and research skills have also placed her in a unique position to contribute to national health policy. She was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation by Kathleen Sibelius, former Director of Health and Human Services. As a committee member, Coleman has supported the committee goal of enhancing organ donation, ensuring the public of an effective and equitable transplant system and working to ensure that organ transplantation is grounded in current medical science.
She has used her national platform to design, strategize and ensure dramatic increases in transplant donor numbers and has contributed to the development of minority scientists, especially in relation to genetics, as a research mentor for the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. She has also worked on an education initiative preparing minority nurses for work in genetics and
Coleman believes the heatlhcare community is in the infancy of genetics and immunology translational science, and that through further research the discovery of new knowledge will be accelerated. Her goal is to support this effort and integrate the latest evidence-based understanding into nursings daily practice of patient care.
Coleman said she is pleased her clinical and research work in transplantation have stayed the course of focusing on patient outcomes and that they have provided a platform that encourages nurses to continue to reinvent the professions role in light of new research findings and practice to the full extent of their licenses.
Coleman said shes not yet finished, and that much more remains to be accomplished.