Bronson Announces Nurses' Week Award Winners - Bronson Healthcare

Published on May 20, 2014

Nurses throughout the Bronson Healthcare system were recognized during National Nurses’ Week May 6 to 12.

At Bronson Battle Creek, Tracy Rine-Cole, BSN, RN and Sasha Olinger, RN received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. These nurses were selected by their colleagues on the Bronson Battle Creek Nursing Practice Coordinating Council for being strong advocates for patients and passionate and engaged in making patients and families feel unique.
Tracy Rine-Cole, BSN, RN, a nurse at the Bronson BirthPlace – Battle Creek, received three nominations from a new mom, a boyfriend, and a grandmother. Her calm, caring demeanor, use of humor, and updates to the family provided the comfort they needed throughout their stay.
Sasha Olinger, RN, a nurse on the 5th floor Surgical Unit, also won a DAISY Award for her care of two separate patients during the same week of time. Her nomination included her ability to recognize each patient as an individual and not just a number, and for her attentive and caring attitude. One patient recognized her for providing excellent care and for making special notes on the bulletin board in his room.
At Bronson LakeView Hospital, Joanne (JoRae) Porter, RN received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. She was selected by her colleagues for working well with the health care team to meet patient and family needs and going above and beyond.
Porter, a nurse in the Acute Care Unit, was acting as house supervisor one exceptionally busy weekend. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she made it a priority to be on the unit to help care for patients and families. She also offered to help other nurses and fill in so they could take a break. Porter was nominated by her fellow nurses for being an all-around great team member and showing support of other nurses.
At Bronson Methodist Hospital, several nurses received awards based on key areas of the Nursing Professional Model of Care: pride, respect, impact, compassion, expertise, leadership and teamwork. Winners include:
Shannon Seeberger, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, a unit coordinator on the Adult Medical Unit, won the Leadership Award. Seeberger led a team to implement white boards in every patient room to enhance communication between the patient, family and health care team. She coached the team on what and how to write information on the white boards and led efforts in auditing the communication for completeness and effectiveness. Seeberger recently earned her master’s degree and certification as a nurse practitioner.
Abby Smith, BSN, RN, a nurse in the Adult Medical Unit, won the Rising Star Award. Smith is a new nurse who joined the unit’s shared governance council and has demonstrated the ability to articulate ways to improve patient satisfaction scores to her more experienced colleagues. She has also earned the respect of her colleagues for her ability to care for complex patients.
Shelley Parker, BSN, RN, a nurse on the Extended Medical Care Unit, won the Compassion Award. Parker is a nurse who consistently exhibits compassion when working with patients. She was nominated for a particular experience where she went above and beyond to assist a homeless patient upon discharge, making sure the patient had all the necessary items to leave the hospital.
Anika Meyers, BSN, RN, a unit coordinator on the General Surgery Unit, won the Respect Award. Meyers co-chaired a team in partnership with many other departments at Bronson to optimize nursing documentation in the new electronic health record. Her knowledge of the profession, combined with her ability to encourage dialogue between a diverse group of people to reach mutual conclusion, earned her the respect of her nursing colleagues throughout the project and beyond.
Kristy Hemingway, BSN, RN, a nurse in the Trauma Care Unit, won the Pride Award. Hemingway, who is also a unit coordinator, created a unit “pride book” to demonstrate all of the success stories from nurses on her unit. The book was used as a template for other nurses across the hospital to prepare for the Magnet site visit held in January 2014. She was also instrumental in preparing units for Magnet appraisers leading up to the visit.
Julie Barnes, RN, a nurse at Bronson Vicksburg Outpatient Center, won the Expertise Award. Barnes is a preceptor for new nurses in the Emergency Department and, along with coordinating nursing schedules, also teaches classes, coordinates skills fairs, and has extensive community service experience in her community of Vicksburg. Barnes was involved in writing a grant, and then implementing the plan, to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all three elementary schools in Vicksburg.
Donna Moyer, PhD, RN, PCNS, BC, who works in Bronson’s Nursing Professional Practice Department, won the Impact Award. Dr. Moyer has brought her skills and enthusiasm to several large scale projects throughout Bronson, including the Journey Beads program, where pediatric oncology patients are provided with glass beads for different cancer treatments and milestones. Dr. Moyer has also chaired the Nursing Research Council since its inception and was instrumental in a patient safety project to create a pediatric transport nurse position in the Emergency Department at Bronson Methodist Hospital.
The DAISY Team Award was presented to Carly Davis, MD; Krista Johnson, BSN, RNC-NIC; photographer Samantha Nicles; music therapist Suzanna Peczeniuk; Karen VanderLugt, RN, IBCLC; and Cindy Winkel, BSN, RNC-NIC for the teamwork displayed in coordinating a difficult case where mom and baby had complicated care plans. The nomination mentioned an advanced orchestration of care where the family was in awe of the staff’s capabilities and desire to go above and beyond to positively touch the lives of the patients and family.
Shana Pastrana, BSN, RN, a nurse who works in case management, was recognized for winning the Bronson School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship.
The DAISY Award is supported by the not-for-profit DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation. Bonnie and J. Mark Barnes created this foundation and award as a way to remember their son, J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick had a disease that attacked his body and was in the hospital for a long time. His nurses did such a great job with him that the Barnes family created an award that continues to recognize the excellent work nurses do every day.