Penn Rehab Nurses Recognized for Excellence

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On April 30th, five members of our nursing staff will be honored as entity recipients at the the 18th Annual University of Pennsylvania Health System Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards. The winners were selected by the Clinical Advancement and Recognition Committee at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse based upon nominations submitted by their colleagues and managers that demonstrate examples of their abilities to form therapeutic relationships with patients and their families.

 

Dianne Lanham Award for Leadership Winner

 

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Karen Morring, MHA, RN, Clinical Nurse II: Penn Rehab

 

The Dianne Lanham Award recognizes the importance of leadership competencies as a component of nursing practice at the point of direct care. Leadership is exemplified by the nurse’s ability to serve as change agent and by exhibiting excellent professional interpersonal relations.

 

This award is presented to a Registered Nurse who meets the following criteria:

  • Exhibits excellent professional interpersonal relations
  • Creates an environment for the professional development of others through mentoring, precepting, or performing in the role of the team leader, etc.
  • Serves as a change agent through committee membership, project and/or initiative involvement
  • Recognizes implications of health care costs in the delivery of their daily practice

 

Rosalyn J. Watts Award for Community/Patient/Family Relationship Winner

 

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Felix Jones, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse II, Penn Rehab

 

The Rosalyn J. Watts Award acknowledges nurses who improve the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative and compassionate acts. The nurse forms therapeutic relationships with patients, their families and the community which supports a culture that values diversity and promotes inclusion.

 

This award is presented to a Registered Nurse who meets the following criteria:

  • Participates in community and/or organizational affairs that promotes the health of the community
  • Supports a culture that values diversity and promotes inclusion
  • Improves the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative and compassionate acts
  • Cultivates a healing environment to enhance the patient care through innovative strategies.

 

Helen McClelland Award for Research and Innovation Award Winner

 

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Noreen Guido, MSN, RN, CRRN, Clinical Nurse III: Penn Rehab

 

The Helen McClelland Award is given to nurses that exhibit an attitude of clinical inquiry that integrates evaluation and utilizes research and/or the evidence based practice process, in the delivery of patient care. The nurse is committed to the development of innovative strategies to provide best practices.

 

This award is presented to a Registered Nurse who meets the following criteria:

  • Advances the science of nursing through clarifying refining and/or disseminating EBP findings
  • Utilizes the EBP Process: generates clinical questions, searches and evaluates the quality of evidence, considers expert clinical knowledge and applies to practice
  • Conducts/participates in research to enhance patient care
  • Participates/leads/creates innovative strategies in the development of best practices

 

Lillian Brunner Award for Exemplary Practice Winner

 

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Laura Wolf, BSN, RN, CRRN, Clinical Nurse III: Penn Rehab

 

The Lillian Brunner Award is given to nurses who demonstrate the highest quality of patient care and influence peers to enhance their nursing practice by acting as a role model resulting in improved quality patient care. The nurse sees the “Big Picture” while collaborating with an interprofessional team to establish appropriate outcomes. The nurse links initiatives/projects to Penn Medicine Quality Blueprint Imperatives.

 

This award is presented to a Registered Nurse who meets the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates breadth of knowledge in area of clinical nursing practice
  • Demonstrates the ability to see “The Big Picture” by collaborating with interprofessional team/patient/family to establish appropriate outcomes
  • Serves as a catalyst to link initiatives/projects to nursing strategic plan/imperatives and Penn Medicine Blue Print for Quality
  • Influences peers to enhance their nursing practice by acting as a role model resulting in improved quality patient care

Victoria L. Rich Award for Transformation Leadership Entity Winner 

 

 

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Sonya Wood-Johnson, MSN, RN, RRT, PCCN, Quality Assurance Manager, GSPP

 

The Victoria L. Rich Award for Transformational Leadership is awarded to an exceptional nurse leader at Penn Medicine that inspires, motivates and influences others to improve patient care and fosters a culture of organizational excellence. This nurse leader combines scientific knowledge, best practices, compassion and the most advanced technology to solve complex system-wide problems.

 

This award is presented to a nurse leader who meets the following criteria:

  • Strongly gets the message across through effective communication
  • Inspires and motivates others to move the organization to a higher level of performance
  • Acts with honor and character
  • Solves complex problems and makes tough decisions