Bronson Methodist Hospital Honors Nurses For Excellence
During the recent Nurses’ Week celebrations at Bronson, six nurses at Bronson Methodist Hospital were recognized with Excellence in Nursing Awards for their representation of the key areas of the Nursing Professional Model of Care: leadership, compassion, respect, pride and impact. This select group of caregivers exemplifies Positivity and each are shining examples of what it means to be a Bronson nurse. The 2021 honorees include:
- Breanna Adams, MSN, FNP-C, is a nurse on the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), and the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Compassion Award. She was nominated by the wife of a former patient who passed away due to a chronic heart condition. “Breanna let us know what to expect [as he passed], and the sounds and sights we may hear and see. I believe that receiving the explanation of what the family was going to see made saying goodbye a more comfortable situation. Our father and husband was gone in just a few short peaceful minutes. Breanna gave us the extra time we needed after he had passed. She allowed us time, space and understanding. When we were ready to leave, she walked my children out to the parking lot. My children said Breanna talked with them and acknowledged their feelings and let them know they were experiencing feelings that were normal in these circumstances. Everything happened so quickly. Our family really appreciated the compassion and understanding that Breanna allowed us, and are forever appreciative that she not only assisted us in the technicalities of discussions, but assisted us emotionally and compassionately in regards to our loss.” Read Breanna’s full nomination.
- Britini Lynn, BSN, RN, is the unit coordinator on the Ortho Surgical Unit (OSU), and the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Leadership Award. Britini received three nominations for this award, each echoing her strong ability to lead the team, be a cheerleader and lend a hand to anyone in need. “She always exceeds expectations and manages to be in 10 places at once. If there is any issue, you can guarantee she is going to do her best to fix it in a way that works for the entire team. She never complains about her work. We all know she is busy, and even with all of the things she has to do, she is around to help everyone with a smile on her face. She is an amazing teacher, is always there for her staff and truly cares.” Read Britini’s full nomination.
- Kathy Moore, RN, is a nurse on the Adult Medical Unit (AMU), and the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Impact Award. In her nomination from a peer, it says “Kathy is someone who never hesitates to speak up, sometimes bluntly, but always for the benefit of a teammate or patient. She consistently shows up, and backs us up, in the challenges we face on the front line. I am grateful for her friendship and leadership. In one situation, my patient was suicidal, had an extensive psychiatric history, and had been off his psych medications for three days. The patient became volatile, attempting to leave against medical advice. Kathy ultimately called my manager, at her home, for help. My manager then came to the floor, determined what was needed, walked to the ER, got orders and signed documents so I could keep my patient safe. Kathy’s refusal to accept a bad outcome for my patient kept her pursuing options until one worked.” Read Kathy’s full nomination.
- Ismelda Sarco, RN, is a novice nurse – having under two years’ experience in nursing – who works on the Ortho Surgical Unit (OSU), and the recipient of the Rising Star Award. “Like many newer nurses, Ismelda began her nursing career during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her initial orientation took place on many units. Once she officially joined her ortho teammates, her initial patient population did not include broken bones and joint replacements, but closed doors, PPE and high oxygen demands. Ismelda took on this patient population and quickly adapted to her patients' needs during the pandemic. She will always take a new patient without question and is always willing to help anyone in need. She is kind and has patience. Although quiet, Ismelda is confident and natural with her ability to coach others. She will soon be orienting new teammates who join OSU. We are glad she is part of our team!” Read Ismelda’s full nomination.
- Jill Shadley, RN, is a nurse in the Pre-Admissions Unit, and the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Pride Award. “Jill has been a nurse at Bronson for 42 years. She takes pride in her job and in the care of her patients. She does not see herself as a resource, but she surely is one with her wealth of knowledge and willingness to share it. If you have a question or problem, you can go to Jill, and she probably has the answer somewhere. In the case she doesn’t have the answer, she will help you find what you are looking for. She is always upbeat and willing to help any of her peers, never complaining. Jill is a role model in regards to her work ethic and her recognition of everyone in the department. She makes working in this department fun and rewarding.” Read Jill’s full nomination.
- Christina Thompson, BSN, RN, is a nurse on the Ortho Surgical Unit (OSU), and the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Respect Award. Her nomination from a coworker explains Christina’s great efforts to advocate for patients who were dying in the hospital from COVID-19. “At a certain point during the pandemic, visitors were not allowed to come into the hospital, even for dying patients. In one situation, upon finding her dying patient was afraid of eternal damnation if not allowed their religious rites prior to death, Chris actively pushed for management and doctors to allow a priest to come in for this patient, as she knew spiritual well-being was just as important as physical well-being. Thanks to her incredible advocacy, this patient got their religious rites performed, and the policy was changed to help patients with this issue in the future.” Read Christina’s full nomination.
All of these winners represent the high caliber of nursing care at Bronson and further validate the hospital’s Magnet® recognition. Magnet® recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing and is considered the gold standard. It is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. To date, only seven percent of U.S. hospitals have earned Magnet recognition.
Do you know a nurse who provides exceptional care? Honor them online at bronsonthankanurse.com. If you have a story to share about a positive experience you have had at Bronson, share it online at bronsonpositivity.com.
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