Bronson Battle Creek Announces 2015 Excellence in Nursing Award Recipients
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Published on May 11, 2016

Bronson Battle Creek Announces 2015 Excellence in Nursing Award Recipients

Congratulations to the six Bronson Battle Creek nurses who were honored during National Nurses' Week.

Bronson Battle Creek Nursing Excellence Award Winners Pose for PictureOn Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Bronson Battle Creek recognized six exceptional nurses during the Excellence in Nursing Celebration. Nursing Excellence awards are based on key areas of the Nursing Professional Model of Care: leadership, compassion, respect, pride, expertise and impact. Honorees include:

Scott Blanchard, BSN, RN, EMT-P, a nurse from the emergency department, received the Nursing Excellence Leadership Award. In his nomination letter, a coworker explains “I easily and often look to Scott as a mentor, coach, leader and role model.” Scott is the type of person who works well with everyone he comes in contact with – patients, families and co-workers. He not only shows to be invested in his own professional development, but the development of his colleagues and the Battle Creek community. “He is always willing to give recognition of a job well done, and he never hesitates to help others or provide a teaching moment.”

Teresa Mosley, RN, a nurse on the neuro/vascular unit, received the Nursing Excellence Compassion Award. Teresa naturally embodies a sense of compassion to everyone around her. “She intuitively knows the emotional and supportive needs of her patients and families, and seamlessly provides the comfort they need,” explains Teresa’s coworker. “We recently had a young patient begin to code. Teresa noticed the patient’s father in crisis in the hallway. Even though the coding patient was not in Teresa’s care, she took the father to a quiet room and comforted him while the code team addressed his child. She saw a person in need and came to his side to provide understanding and support, knowing that this person would never be able to return the favor.”

Shauna Quick, BSN, RN, a float pool nurse, was selected for the Nursing Excellence Respect Award. Shauna was recognized because “She is able to walk into a room and have no bias. Regardless of what the situation might be, she is always completely courteous and compassionate.” Shauna exemplifies every standard of patient care Bronson upholds, and is a true asset to the hospital and the Battle Creek community.

Maria Zaplitny, BSN, RN, a nurse on the general medical unit, was the recipient of the Nursing Excellence Pride Award. Maria exemplifies what it means to have pride in her work and the care she delivers. “She is one of those nurses that makes both her patient’s and coworker’s day better,” explains a coworker of Maria. “She is engaged, committed and a wonderful role model of what a nurse should be. She gives 100 percent of herself 100 percent of the time.”

Denise Travis, BSN, RN-C, CCM, a nurse in the case management department, received the Nursing Excellence Expertise Award. Denise has worked at Bronson for more than 40 years. During this time, she has developed and excelled remarkably in her role as a nurse. “When I hear the word expertise, Denise’s name is one of the first things that pops into my head,” explains Denise’s coworker. “She is a master in the way she orchestrates her assignments.” With her level of expertise, Denise is able to give input and help facilitate complex patients and policies, while providing support for her coworkers. “She is a walking encyclopedia of nursing and case management,” says her nominator. “She is a resource for many of us and never fails to make herself available to whoever needs her assistance. I have learned many things from Denise and am honored to be working with someone of her caliber.”

Della Davenport, RN, a nurse on the general medical unit, was presented the Nursing Excellence Impact Award. Della received this award because “Every day, she has an impact on someone. She is a leader, a mentor, a hopeful and kind person,” explains Della’s nominator. She works diligently every day in order to give people the hope and tools they need to improve their health. Her kind and gentle spirit promotes a healing and safe environment not only for her patients, but also for her teammates. For this, she proves to be a strong asset and important member of the team at Bronson Battle Creek.

In addition to those listed above, fourteen nurses were recognized with the 2015 DAISY Award. Nominations for the DAISY Award are received throughout the year and honor nurses who meet patient and family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of nursing. DAISY honorees include: Toni Barnett, RN; David Garrett, RN; Eleanor Gunnerson, RN; Caleb Little, BSN, RN; Cynthia McIntosh, BSN, RN; Amy Wirth, RN.

This year’s Nursing Excellence Award winners and DAISY Award winners represent the high caliber of nursing care at Bronson and are a true testimony to the dedication our nursing staff has to provide the exceptional care that exceeds patient and family expectations.

The public is also invited to recognize Bronson nurses this week and throughout the year. Nurses may be honored online at If you have a story to share about a positive experience you have had at Bronson, you can share it online at

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