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Cooper Nurses Win National Award

Emergency department and ICU collaborative critical care support team nurses at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ, recently received a Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

The multidisciplinary team developed protocols for hypothermia treatment for patients with postcardiac arrest syndrome and adopted the International Sepsis Campaign Treatment Algorithm for septic shock in adult patients.

Choitz Receives ACNM Award

Rebecca Choitz, MSN, CNM, practice director of the Midwives of Delaware County, Upper Darby, PA, and director of midwifery services for Crozer-Keystone Health System, recently received a 2008 Regional Award for Excellence from the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Over the past year, Choitz helped negotiate final passage of a bill granting prescriptive authority to CNMs in Pennsylvania. She also is a member of the clinical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Bayhealth Nurses Take Three Delaware Awards

Nurses from Bayhealth Medical Center's Kent General and Milford Memorial hospitals, Dover and Milford, DE, won three of the six award categories at the July 17 Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice Awards ceremony, hosted by the Delaware Nurses Association in coordination with the Delaware Organization of Nurse Executives.

Dawn Culp, MSN, RN, SANE-AFNE, received the acute care award; Andrea Holecek, MSN, MBA, APN, AOCNS, received the advanced practice award; and Carol Ritter-Soots, MBA, RN, received the nurse leader award.

In addition, a number of Bayhealth Medical Center nurses were nominated for awards. Nominated for nurse leader were Kim Cole, BSN, RN; Marianne Foard, MS, RN, Lana Gordineer, MSN, RN, Joyce Hill, MSN, RN, CCRN, Pam James, MSN, RN, Karen Kelly, BSN, RN, and Karen Palmer, RN.

Nominated for nurse educator award were Cole, Shila Hayden, RN, and Linda Thoma, MSN, RN.

Nominated for the acute care award were Paulette Barbera, RN, CNOR, RNFA; Ginny Bliszcz, BSN, RN, CCRN, AACN, Michelle Cammisa, RN, CCRN, Cole, Susan Conley, BSN, RN, Misty Cuningham, RN, Foard, Maria Gasperetti, BSN, RN, Gordineer, John Gossman, RN, CCRN, Hayden, Hill, Barbara Holman, RN, Michelle Justice, BSN, RN, Alana King, RN, Lisa Laudeman, RN, Rhonda Owens, BSN, RN, Brenda Sharp, BSN, RN, and Thoma.

Owens was also nominated for the community-based award; and Nicole Bell, BSN, RN, Sarah Kinnard, RN, Laudeman and Paul Pahren, RN, were nominated for the new graduate award.

At the ceremony, Heidi LeGates, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, gave the keynote address on her passion for nursing, and Hill sang "Go Light Your World."

Mercy Suburban Names VP

Nat'e Parker-Guyton, MSN, RN, CNA-BC, was recently named vice president of nursing at Mercy Suburban Hospital, East Norriton, PA. Parker-Guyton was previously senior director of nursing operations at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, DE.

As part of her duties, Parker-Guyton will serve on the hospital's senior management team.

SJH Honors Nurses of Year

South Jersey Healthcare, Vineland, NJ, recently recognized 40 RNs and LPNs at its annual Nurses of the Year program. Each honoree was voted Nurse of the Year for his or her nursing unit.

RN winners were Jillian Truhan, RN, Pat Zebrowski, RN, Vicki Asturrizaga, RN,C, Jeff Young, RN, Lisa Junghans, BSN, RN, CCRN, Eveline Robbins, RN, Sharon Feinberg, RN,C, Aziz Tahirov, RN, Michael Glomb, MSN, RN, Christine Passarella, RN, CCRN, Jennipher Schafer, RN, Denise Redmond, RN, Wanda Rivera, RN, Carol Burkhardt-Fuentes, RN, Susan Nitshe, MEd, RN,C, Janet Minor, RN,C, Joanne Blomquist, BSN, RN,C, Maureen VanDerWall, RN and Chris Sharkey, RN,C.

Also, Josie Moore, RN, CEN, Donna Meridick, RN, CCRN, Pricilla Boykin, RN, Bibiana Riley, BSN, RN, CNN, Barbara Miley, RN, Bonnie Smalley, RN, CGRN, Joanne Foster, RN, Diane Smith, RN, CPAN, Debra Peterson, RN, Kelli McQuilkin, RN, Ann DePasquale, RN, Jeanne Selleck, RN, Gemma Mosley, BSN, RN, CNN, Val Monte, BSN, RN, Annette Sweeney, RN, Avis Mesi, RN, and Barbara Garrett, RN, OCN.

Shore Memorial Nurses Lauded

Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, NJ, recently announced the accomplishments of three nurses.

Rose Wixson, RN, CCRN, an ICU nurse, earned CCRN certification. Maureen Deely, MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, an ICU clinical nursing educator, earned an MSN from the University of Phoenix. Janet Ludy, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, nurse manager of the post-anesthesia care unit, earned a BSN from the University of Phoenix.

Darcy Receives Scholarship

Ashley Darcy, BSN, RN, a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, was recently awarded the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners' Ovation Pharmaceuticals Neonatal Nursing Scholarship. Darcy will receive the scholarship at the association's annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, next month, where she will also present a concurrent session.

Upsilon Rho Selected For Showcase

The Upsilon Rho Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ, will be recognized at the 2008 Regional Showcase of Excellence during the STTI Leadership Academy in Indianapolis Sept. 25-27.

Upsilon Rho was selected based on submissions showing its commitment to STTI's mission and vision. The chapter's submissions focused on virtual panel presentations and community sites. <% footer %>

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