The North Carolina Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (NCAPAN) has named Ronnie Pittman, BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN, as its 2009 Nurse of the Year.
Pittman, an employee at CaroMont Health's Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, NC, since 1971 and an RN since 1986, is coordinator for the day of surgery unit.
A recognized leader among his peers, Pittman has conducted research that has led to improvements in patient care, according to officials. He led a study on the difference in blood glucose at pre-surgical services verses admission day that led to the implementation of an algorithm for drawing A1c blood sugar levels prior to surgery with his support, and he was recently among staff that presented a performance-improvement project at the NCAPAN in Washington, DC. On the nursing unit, Pittman provides continuing education to new nurses to integrate the phases of perianesthesia for better patient outcomes.
The unit's patient satisfaction scores average 97 percent, according to officials, who credit Pittman with working diligently to create an environment of care that is satisfying and enriching for staff as well as nurturing and compassionate for patients. His efforts have been rewarded with numerous accolades including being named to the state's Great 100 Nurses in 2002, CaroMont Health Employee of the Year in 1997 and winning the hospital's Nurse Excellence Award.
A volunteer for many causes, Pittman also serves on several local and state boards, including the advisory board for Nursing at Gaston College and NCAPAN. He is past president of the Piedmont District Chapter of NCAPAN and is current vice president/president elect of NCAPAN.
He holds a BSN and is certified in post-anesthesia nursing and ambulatory peri-anesthesia nursing. He serves on several hospital committees including ethics, operating room, nursing leadership council and patient-focused groups.