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UNCH Celebrates Nurses

Monday September 7, 2009
The UNCH Professional Development Council includes the following RNs, front row, from left: Susan Carter, Meghan McCann, Tracy Carroll, and Linda Nalty. Middle row, from left: Jane Burrill, Kimberly Wood, Nicole Clapp, Linda Bryant, and Gayl Talbert. Back row, from left: Ann Marie Walton, Karen Poole-Dawkins, Shielda Rodgers, Kim Guglielmo, Laura Strickler, and Jeff Strickler.
The UNCH Professional Development Council includes the following RNs, front row, from left: Susan Carter, Meghan McCann, Tracy Carroll, and Linda Nalty. Middle row, from left: Jane Burrill, Kimberly Wood, Nicole Clapp, Linda Bryant, and Gayl Talbert. Back row, from left: Ann Marie Walton, Karen Poole-Dawkins, Shielda Rodgers, Kim Guglielmo, Laura Strickler, and Jeff Strickler.
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Earlier in the year, older nurses at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, N.C., were honored at the Senior and Generational Excellence Program breakfast, which celebrated their knowledge, expertise, and years of service to the Hospitals and the profession. Each nurse was given a small token of appreciation — a heartfelt card with a packet of sage seeds (a living gift).

The SAGE breakfast and similar events have grown out of quantitative and qualitative data from the Mature Nurse Retention Survey. This multicenter research study is part of a larger initiative at University of North Carolina Hospitals to promote the recruitment and retention of experienced professional nurses by addressing their needs (UNCH has more than 900 nurses age 45 years and older).

As a result of the study, UNCH’s Professional Development Council will create its first guidelines on interventions with an array of services and benefits for nurses. A SAGE Program poster presentation is planned for the 2009 North Carolina Nurses Association Annual Convention in October.

In other UNCH news, five nurses from the facility were chosen as Nursing Excellence Award nominees. Carolyn Donohue, RN, MSN, NE-BC, associate chief nursing officer, was honored for her leadership skills. Donohue has recruited and developed a strong leadership team and excels in designing operational systems to ensure consistency across units. She was appointed to a group charged with reviewing and improving the criteria for U.S. News & World Report’s ranking system for children’s hospitals.

Michele Busshart, RN, was honored for her clinical care skills. Busshart is requested by name by patients and families. A patient’s family member once stated “please recognize Michele for taking such excellent care of my mom and for making her as comfortable as she could be.” Amy Lieser, RN, BSN, was honored for her community involvement. Lieser supports charities and fundraisers tied to issues involving her patients and families at UNCH. She has assumed numerous key leadership roles and, in the past year alone, her leadership netted nearly $70,000 for local charities.

Mauri Williams, RN, BSN, MBA, MHA, nurse manager, as honored for her management skills. Williams has been an influential force behind the implementation of several initiatives, including the launch of computerized patient order entry and e-Charting. Cari Clifford, RN, BSN, MBA, MHA, was honored for her mentoring skills. Clifford shows enthusiasm and personal commitment in precepting new nurses and often steps aside to allow them to develop competence and self-confidence in their skills.