Mary Walsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CEN, senior vice president, patient care services and CNO at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Manhattan, recently was awarded the 2014 Wholeness of Life Award, sponsored by the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.
Walsh oversees more than 2,000 nurses and staff members and is responsible for guiding her team to delivery quality patient care, according to a news release.
Receiving this award was different from any other recognition I have every gotten, Walsh told Nurse.com. As a nurse leader, you get recognized for nursing accomplishments and initiatives and the same for volunteering, which is great. But this award is special. It recognizes the spirituality of caring and how important that is in all hospital positions. Nurses, physicians, security officers, cashiers and all different members of the team were recognized. It was an honor to be even considered and very special to win.
Employees are eligible, according to the release, for striving in their personal and professional lives to achieve a balance of physical, mental and spiritual well-being; practicing healthcare with an appreciation for the interrelated functioning of mind, body and spirit in illness and recovery; demonstrating respect for human beings as whole persons; and promoting teamwork and professional relationships to maximize patient care.
The award winners were honored at special ceremonies at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan.
The winners also included retiring Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing Dean Janet Mackin, EdD, RN, who was presented with the Special Care and Compassion Lifetime Achievement Award by Mount Sinai.