Ex­cel­lent Nurs­ing Care Cel­e­brated at North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion, Nancy Goss, New­port, VT

Of­ten de­scribed as an art and a science, nurs­ing is a pro­fes­sion that em­braces ded­i­cated peo­ple with var­ied in­ter­ests, strengths and pas­sions be­cause of the many op­por­tu­ni­ties the pro­fes­sion of­fers. They have many roles – from staff nurse to ed­u­ca­tor to nurse prac­ti­tioner and nurse re­searcher – and serve all of them with pas­sion for the pro­fes­sion and with a strong com­mit­ment to pa­tient safety.

Dur­ing National Nurses Week 2013 North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal cel­e­brated their nurses and their con­tri­bu­tions to the health care sys­tem, both in the role they play as ex­pert clin­i­cians in di­verse care set­tings and as lead­ers who can dra­mat­i­cally in­flu­ence the qual­ity of care and the chal­lenges of the fu­ture.

Cul­mi­nat­ing the week of cel­e­bra­tion is the An­nual Nurses Week Din­ner on Wed­nes­day, May 8, the centerpiece of which is the an­nounce­ment of the win­ner of the an­nual Nurs­ing Ex­cel­lence Award. Nurses are nom­i­nated for the award by their col­leagues. The win­ner and four run­ners up are se­lected by a com­mit­tee of pre­vi­ous win­ners. The run­ners up were Julie Giroux, RN at Fam­ily Prac­tice of New­port; Cheryl

De­mers, LPN, ma­ter­nal/child, and Carol Casey, RN, clin­i­cal in­for­ma­tion sys­tems co­or­di­na­tor.

Joan Wheeler, RN, car­diac re­hab, is the win­ner of the 9th An­nual NCH Nurs­ing Ex­cel­lence Award.

Joan has worked at North Coun­try for 25 years. When work­ing in ICU, she re­al­ized that the care for pa­tients who’d had a car­diac event had only be­gun when they were dis­charged from acute care. She de­vel­oped North Coun­try’s Car­diac Re­hab Pro­gram and went on to achieve national ac­cred­i­ta­tion for the pro­gram. Joan also is a cer­ti­fied di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and helped de­velop the di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram at North Coun­try.

Joan’s calm and con­fi­dent ap­proach to pa­tient care lets her pa­tients know that she is there for them. She is an ex­cel­lent teacher match­ing the ed­u­ca­tion she pro­vides to the pa­tient or stu­dent need.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the nurses who were nom­i­nated for the Award of Ex­cel­lence. Choos­ing one from this group of amaz­ing in­di­vid­u­als was cer­tainly a chal­lenge. Each one ex­cels and con­trib­utes in her unique and spe­cial way,” said Sh­eryl Wash­burn, VP of Pa­tient Care.

In cel­e­bra­tion of nurses’ week, North Coun­try’s nurses are also con­tribut­ing to the fu­ture by rais­ing funds for the Leg­ends Schol­ar­ship Fund, which pro­vides schol­ar­ships to health­care stu­dents. The to­tal amount raised for the fund this year was $2272 – in a raf­fle for a Whirligig Lawn Or­na­ment hand made by Bruce Muir and a 50/50 raf­fle. The med­i­cal staff do­nated $1000 to the fund and Dr.Wil­liam Brunelli do­nated his 50/50 win­nings.

L-R: Sh­eryl Wash­burn, VP of Pa­tient Care an­nounces nom­i­nees Joan Wheeler, RN car­diac re­hab; Julie Giroux, RN, at FPN; Cheryl De­mers, LPN, OB/Gyn and Carol Casey, RN, clin­i­cal in­for­ma­tion sys­tems co­or­di­na­tor.

Joan Wheeler, RN, Win­ner of the Ninth An­nual North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal Nurs­ing Ex­cel­lence Award.

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