Nurse Lead the Way

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The Virginia Nurses Association (VNA) held their annual Fall Conference on September 26-27, 2014 at The Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia;the event culminated with the Virginia Nurses Foundation Gala.  Several Riverside nurses participated and were recognized at both events.

On Saturday September 27, 2014, the Virginia Nurses Foundation held a Gala Celebration to acknowledge the nurses that go above and beyond when caring for their patients.  Riverside was honored to have seven nurses nominated for awards.  Two Riverside nurses were nominated for the Nursing Informatics Award: Margaret Atkins, BSN, RN, IT Nurse Liaison, Riverside Doctors' Hospital of Williamsburg and Susan Tanner, BSN, RN, MSN, Clinical Information System Director, Riverside Health System.  Five Riverside nurses were nominated for the Emerging Nurse Leader Award: Vonnie Adams, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, ACE Unit, Riverside Regional Medical Center;Celia Grinstead, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, MedSurg, RRMC, Kimberly Harper, BSN, RN, Director, Emergency Services, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Cathryn Mitchell, BSN, RN, Senior Clinical Analyst for Quality, RDHW and Sadie Thurman, BSN, RN, CEN, ED System Director, Riverside Health System. These seven nominees are incredible team members that have displayed excellent dedication to caring for others.  Congratulations to each of our nominees!

Gaynor Callis accepted the Pathway to Excellence®award for RWRH.  The Pathway to Excellence®Program recognizes health care and long-term organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel.  To qualify, organizations must meet 12 practice standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment.  Nurses trust that Pathway-designated institutions respect their contributions, support professional development and nurture optimal work settings. This award is a large accomplishment for RWRH and for RRMC in the previous year.

Dr. Terris Kennedy, CNO/Sr.VP, was acknowledged by the Virginia Nurses Association for her creative "donate a basket" idea for the silent auction to raise money to support the important work of the Virginia Nurses Foundation.  Seven Riverside baskets were donated to this fund raising event-the largest number from any one organization.  

At the annual Fall Conference the day before, Dr. Kathy Menefee, Executive Director of PACE, was honored by being appointed to the Nominations Committee of the VNA Board.  On Saturday, three Riverside Nurses presented their posters during VNA's Education Day.  Heather Teller presented the poster entitled, "A Geographic and Train-the-Trainer Model for Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE)".  Secondly, Kathleen Curran presented on, "Topical Anesthetic Application Prior to Venipuncture in Pre-Op Patients: Perceived Efficacy and Patient Satisfaction".  Lastly, Dr. Kathleen Fletcher's poster presented information on "Readmission Huddles on an Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit".  The overall goal of presenting the posters is to transfer knowledge and evidence based practice to colleagues.

The Virginia Nurses Foundation Gala, "Nurses Leading the Way", was a great success and it was an honor for Riverside to have the award nominees, spouses, and supervisors in attendance.  Our team members live out the care difference and events like this help to pay tribute to the individuals exceeding expectations of providing care to those in need.  

Published: September 30, 2014