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Chilton Inducts RNs Into Circle of Excellence

Monday June 14, 2010
Claire White, RN
Claire White, RN
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For the fourth consecutive year, Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J., honored leaders in four categories of nursing and inducted them into the facility’s Circle of Excellence. “Through this award, we can recognize nurses who have been identified by their peers to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to excellence and a passion for the profession,” says Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NE-A, BC, vice president and CNO, who announced the award recipients May 5 during the Nurses Day ceremony.

Claire White, RN, CCRN, nurse manager, ICU and IMCU, Excellence in Nursing Leadership

Having worked in the ICU at Chilton for the past 25 years, White is proud of the ICU’s success with best practices, particularly the ventilator-associated pneumonia collaborative. “We’ve been involved in the VHA collaborative, and we haven’t had any incidences of VAP for the past two-and-a-half years,” White says. “I am proud of this accomplishment because it involves nursing and all of our technicians and therapists.” VHA is a nationwide network and alliance of leading community-owned healthcare organizations and physicians.

White says she’s passionate about end-of-life and palliative care. “I like to take the time to talk with patients and their families about what is going on and what their options are in terms of treatment and care,” says White, who will retire in June. “It’s a matter of giving patients a ‘good death’ when the time comes.”


Nicole Fusco, RN
Nicole Fusco, RN, BSN, nights clinical coordinator, ED, Excellence in Patient-Centered Care by a Preceptor

About a year ago, Fusco was chosen to be one of the ED preceptors who spends time with nurses who are new to Chilton. “I love to teach patients and nurses, and I always learn from them,” Fusco says.

Typically a nurse will spend three months with Fusco and increase his or her patient assignment over time. Because of the fast pace in the ED, Fusco finds precepting to be challenging. “There’s a lot of information to digest and procedures to learn, and it’s not always easy when things are happening so quickly,” Fusco says.

Besides receiving the Circle of Excellence award, Fusco also was promoted to clinical coordinator at night. “This past month has been an exciting time for me,” she adds.


Laura Nann, RN
Laura Nann, RN, BSN, staff nurse, med/surg IMCU, Excellence in Patient-Centered Care by a Novice Practitioner

Nann graduated from William Paterson University School of Nursing two years ago, and since that time, she has worked nights at Chilton in the IMCU. Nann’s colleagues say she has a heart of gold and her first thoughts are of her patients and their needs and feelings.

Nann worked on a telemetry unit as a student, and was pleased to be able to continue after she graduated from nursing school. “I love working with patients in the IMCU because I can help them heal and I can do quite a bit of education with them and their families,” Nann says. Proud of what she has learned at Chilton, Nann feels as though she continues to learn something new every day. “Over the past year, I feel more confident and comfortable, and everyone has been so supportive and helpful,” she adds.


Kerry Quinn, RN
Kerry Quinn, RN, CEN, staff nurse, ED, Excellence in Patient-Centered Care by a Staff Nurse

As a staff nurse for seven years in the ED, Quinn is passionate and enthusiastic about the profession. As weekend charge nurse, she prides herself in advocating for her patients and being relentless in getting the care they need. “I love what I do, and I love that we can make our patients, who arrive in the ED physically unstable, get better,” Quinn says. “Even if they are admitted to the hospital, we care for their most immediate needs.”

Nursing is a second career for Quinn, who joined a first-aid squad unit with a friend while working in business. Once she became certified as an EMT, Quinn decided nursing was for her. She pursued her degree while working full time, then worked as a school and office nurse before enrolling in a refresher course and joining Chilton’s ED. Quinn serves on the practice council and the nurse pharmacy committee at Chilton.

Chilton takes pride in honoring staff and recognizing awards. “At our Nurses Day celebration we were proud to recognize the Circle of Excellence Award winners and our nurses who are certified,” says Karen Stutzer-Treimel, RN, MS, APN-C, executive director of Nursing Practice and Critical Care Services. “In the last few years, we have been fortunate to have Governor’s Merit Award honorees, and this year we announced our receiving the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.”


Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is a regional reporter for Nursing Spectrum. To comment, e-mail editorNJ@nursingspectrum.com.