Nurse Excellence Award - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Congratulations to CKHS Nurses Honored for Excellence

For the first time, Crozer-Keystone recognized stellar nurses across the health system in the following categories: caregiver, advocate, educator, professional, and visionary. In addition, leadership awards were presented to nurse leaders for excellence in mentoring and advocacy, in clinical excellence or operational excellence. 

A "Night at the Oscars" celebration was held in May at the Lazaretto Ballroom in Essington to recognize exemplary nurses throughout the health system as well as acknowledge new BSN and MSN graduates and nurses certified for the very first time. A total of 81 Crozer-Keystone nurses were peer nominated for the staff nurse awards, with 25 winners in five categories. Twelve nurse leaders were nominated and 5 awarded for the "Nurse as Leader" category. Congratulations to the following nurses honored at the event:

Nurse as Caregiver

A nurse acting as a caregiver applies his/her nursing knowledge and skills to provide care that is guided and established by professional standards and values. Qualities that apply to this award include compassion, reliability, dedication, stability, integrity, patients, loyalty, accountability, honesty, discretion and courage.

The following nurses received this award: Leonora Roath, BSN, RN, OCN, in 5 West, DCMH; Susan Serviano, BSN, RN, in the ACC, Springfield Hospital; William Kennedy, RN, in Hospice for CKHS Home Care and Hospice; Kathleen Lally-McGraw, BSN, RN, in 2 West, Taylor Hospital; and Veronica O'Connor, BSN, RN, in 2 North, Crozer.

Nurse as Advocate

Nursing advocacy integrates an acknowledged professional responsibility and commitment to take part in the continuous expression and support of the patient. This often means that the nurse will put his/her own professional reputation on the line to be sure that a patient’s needs and wishes are met.

The following nurses received this award: Kathleen Fee, BSN, RN, in the ICU at Crozer; Christine Gorsop, RN, in the PACU at Springfield Hospital; Joanne Walchak, BSN, RN, CHPN, in Hospice for CKHS Home Care and Hospice; Paul Touhey, RN, in the Rehabilitation Unit at Taylor Hospital; and Kathleen Macagnone, BSN, RNC-OB, in Maternal-Child Health at DCMH.

Nurse as a Professional

The award for Nurse as a Professional is awarded to the nurse who provides compassion, empathy and ethical care to all. The nurse puts patient’s needs first, is respectful to all, is accountable for one’s actions and words and demonstrates an exemplary attitude, appearance and is a team player. Other judging qualifications for this award include the ability to be a life long learner, the tendency to practice according to current, evidence-based standards and participating in nursing shared governance and hospital affairs. Nurses who are active members of their specialty professional nursing organizations, publish nursing research and participate in community service reflect the excellence of a truly professional nurse.

This year’s winners were Kathryn Walsh, BSN, RN, in the CICU at DCMH; Donna Jamison, RN, in Home Care; Barbara Markland, RN, in the SPU at Crozer; Heather Chambers, BSN, RN, in the ICU at Taylor; and John Kennedy, RN, in the ED at Springfield Hospital.

Nurse as Educator

To be seen as an exceptional educator, nurses must be both learner and teacher of current evidence-based nursing practice. They must demonstrate the ability to assess learning needs, utilize effective teaching strategies, educate at the bedside and in the community, design teaching aids, teach courses and conduct in-service programs.

The following nurses received the Nurse Educator Award: Anne Cascarina, RN, in Homecare, CKHS Home Care & Hospice; Heather Kostyk, BSN, RN in the ICU, Taylor Hospital; Kathleen Menig, RN, in the Operating Room at Springfield; Linda Kane,BSN, RN, CEN, in the Short Procedure Unit at Crozer; and Maureen Ingram, RN, BC, CWOCN, in the Wound Care Center at DCMH.

Nurse as Visionary

Visionary leaders are the builders of the future, a new dawn, working with imagination, insight and boldness. The nurse is a change agent, leading with a positive attitude and inspiring others. In addition, the nurse is a leader who looks into the future, anticipating the next wave in the sea of healthcare change and makes anticipatory changes in nursing practice. A visionary nurse sees the good and brings out the best in patients and colleagues.

Nurse as Visionary awards went to Lisa Bambach, RN, in the GI Lab, Taylor Hospital; Rosemary Mitchell, RN, at Springfield Hospital; Katharine Eppehimer, BSN, RN, CCRN, in the Surgical Trauma Unit at Crozer; Patty Guyer, RN, in Home Care for CKHS Home Care and Hospice; and Lorraine Ereiq, BSN, RN, VA-BC, on the IV/PICC Team at DCMH.

Nurse Leadership for Operational Excellence

The award for Operational Leadership honors nurses who demonstrate efficient utilization of materials, supplies and human resources, and those who implements creative solutions to improve work flow and processes.

Theresa Cullin, BSN, RN, M.ED, clinical director from Home Care and Hospice, Alisha Hartunian, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, clinical director at Taylor Hospital and Janice Simons, MSN, RN, CNOR, clinical director at Springfield Hospital all received this award.

Nurse Leadership for Mentoring and Advocacy

The Clinical Excellence in Leadership awards go to a nurse leader who fosters an inclusive and collaborative work environment, encourages continued professional learning and development and instills exemplary behaviors in nurses with not only tact and constructive feedback but also through role modeling and leading by example.

Awards for Nurse Leadership for Mentoring and Advocacy went to Kathleen Layton, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Educator, DCMH, and Loreen Evans, MSN, RN, CEN, clinical educator, Crozer.

“We are deeply grateful for the dedication that our nurses show every day of the year,” says Robert Haffey, MBA, MSN, RN, CKHS vice president and chief nursing officer. “We welcome this opportunity to honor them for their passion and commitment to our profession.”