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SMC nurses recognized during National Nurses Week

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Samaritan Medical Center recently honored several nurses, in recognition of National Nurses Week, which was held May 6 to 12.

According to a hospital news release, physicians, employees and trustees from Samaritan nominated a total of 63 nurses for six different award categories based on their contributions in nursing.

“We have an incredibly gifted, committed, wonderful nursing staff at Samaritan, and National Nurses’ Week seemed like the ideal time to celebrate their service to our patients and residents,” Dr. Collins F. Kellogg Jr. said in the release.

The following awards were presented to registered nurses during a reception held Thursday at Samaritan Summit Village:

n Leadership Award — to Bonnie S. Trudeau, oncology nurse navigator with 22 years of service, for consistently promoting Samaritan’s mission and vision.

n Education and Mentorship Award — to Gerald G. Chamberlain, a progressive care unit nurse with 22 years of service, for participating in mentorship of students or orientation of new graduates and members of the health care team.

n Innovation and Leading Change Award — to Jeff Jones, who has 23 years of service, for participating in advocacy for change of policy/procedure/standard on an organizational or unit level.

n Quality and Safety Award — to Theresa L. Quintin, a health care resource management nurse with 35 years of service, for encouraging shared decision-making when dealing with issues of quality, cost and patients/staff satisfaction.

n Excellence in Nursing Practice Award — to Bobbie Bragger, a medical/surgical unit nurse with 40 years of service; Karen P. Jobson, an emergency department nurse with 22 years of service, and Ann Millard, a fifth-floor nurse at Samaritan Keep Home with 22 years of service, for providing direct patient care, serving as role models to staff and collaborating with nursing colleagues.

n Rookie of the Year Award — to Wendy L. Casler, an inpatient mental health nurse with two years of service, for consistently demonstrating excellence in her practice as a new nurse.

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