By Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN
Emily Turnure’s colleagues and friends joined together Sept. 28 to celebrate her receiving the Nurse.com national GEM award at Inspira Health Network, Vineland, N.J.
Turnure, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, administrative director, education/accreditation, accepted the national award in the Education and Mentorship category. “I would like to thank my mentor Elizabeth Sheridan for all of her support and guidance,” she said. “She is a great leader and has helped me to learn the art of leadership. I would also like to thank my peers for their support, and lastly, I want to thank the great team that I work with every day. Without them, this award would not be possible. It is a joy to be nominated and a great honor to be a national winner.”
Sheridan, BSN, MA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, chief operating officer, Inspira Medical Center, Vineland, Inspira Medical Center, Elmer, nominated Turnure and credits her outstanding work with the clinical ladder program. Collaborating with the professional development council, she surveyed nurses to identify barriers to professional growth, and then restructured the program to address them. As a result, the number of nurses participating in the clinical ladder has more than doubled, and those with a BSN or higher increased 350% in four years. Additionally, the number of nationally certified nurses has risen, on average, by more than 20% for the last three years.
Turnure’s colleagues admire her not only for her passion in helping nurses pursue their formal education and national specialty certification, but also for how she encourages them to mentor others to do the same. Turnure’s goal is to see 100% of the nursing staff at Inspira achieve national certification, and she is looking for more ways to help staff complete their BSN degrees by 2020.
After hearing that she had been selected for a national GEM award from Nurse.com CNE Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, Turnure immediately shared the good news with Sheridan. “Inspira feels so fortunate to benefit from [her] expertise, and now as a national GEM award winner, nurses from all across the country will know that,” Sheridan said.
Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive vice president, education programming and credentialing, OnCourse Learning, which publishes Nurse.com magazines, presented Sheridan with the faculty plaque, recognizing Inspira as home to a Nurse.com national GEM winner.
Turnure is the administrative director of education and accreditation for a three-hospital regional health network, where she provides direct supervision to an interprofessional staff. Her primary areas of responsibility include nursing professional development; staff education; nursing competency development and maintenance; community education; continuing education accreditation; national organizational accreditation; and regulatory compliance.
Turnure directly supervises nursing educators across clinical settings, offering inservice education related to new initiatives, practices and products. Her work with skin care protocols, new safety syringes and rounding process changes has resulted in decreased incidents, increased patient satisfaction and other performance improvements.
Turnure said that she is honored to be recognized for something she considers part of her life’s work, and she hopes her award will encourage others to reach higher in their careers. “Education is what I loved when I was a new nurse, and I still love doing it every day,” she said. “I am so excited to have the ability to encourage others to develop professionally. Watching nurses grow in the profession and then having them show me their degree or certification is a real honor.”
Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN, is nurse editor/nurse executive.
In attendance at the GEM national celebratory reception held Sept. 28 in honor of Emly Turnure, RN, are, from left, John A. DiAngelo, president and CEO, Inspira Health Network; Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, Nurse.com nurse editor/nurse executive; Emily Turnure, RN, GEM national winner and administrative director of education and accreditation, Inspira Health Network; Jeanette Mlcoch, business development manager, education, OnCourse Learning; Betty Sheridan, RN, CNO and CNE, Inspira Health Network; Robert Hess Jr, RN, executive vice president, education, OnCourse Learning, and Dorothy W. Angelini, RN, executive director, education, OnCourse Learning. Photo by Michael Feldman, T&F Camera.
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