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Notable Nurses: Bayhealth nurse receives DAISY for ability to connect

Monday March 25, 2013
Maria Stir, RN
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MEET MARIA STIR

Nurse, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover, Del.

Stir, RN, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. According to a news release, Stir received the award for her ability to connect with people and transform their lives.

"Maria role models what the DAISY Award is all about," Ann Keane, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, CCRN, Kent General Hospital’s director of patient care services, said in the release. "She is one of the best nurses here at Bayhealth. Maria has a gift."

Stir joined Bayhealth in 2009 as an LPN. She currently is enrolled in a master’s degree program at Wilmington University in New Castle, Del. She is certified in oncology care.

"It takes a team," Stir said in the release. "Without a team, you’re nobody."

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia: James Ballinghoff, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, associate CNO, was chosen as the graduate commencement alumnus speaker at the graduate school commencement exercises in May at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Ballinghoff earned dual graduate degrees in nursing administration and management in business administration from La Salle.

NewCourtland School of Practical Nursing, Philadelphia: Linda Webster, RN, MSN, a faculty member, was named the 2012 Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Practical Nursing Administrators.

Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del: Michelle Shores, RN, OCN, a nurse at Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center in Rehoboth Beach, Del., has earned her oncology nursing certification.

Reading (Pa.) Health System: Casey Orth, RN, BSN; Jaide Worrall RN, BSN; and Ashley Becker, RN, BSN, graduated from Alvernia University in Reading, Pa. Melanie Searfoss, RN, BSN, graduated summa cum laude from Walden University. Felicia Beckner, RN, BSN, graduated from Kutztown (Pa.) University. Fran Darlington RN-BC, was certified in dialysis nursing. Aracelis Alvarez, RN, BSN, received certification in oncology nursing.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia: Michelle Lewandowski, RN, BSN, clinical charge nurse on the med/surg unit was honored Dec. 18 with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A nurse at Jefferson for 15 years, Michelle was nominated by her nursing colleague and friend, Rania Rahmy, RN-BC, BSN, CMSRN.

“Michelle makes the holiday season extra special,” Rahmy wrote in her nominating letter. “She started an Adopt-a-Family holiday drive on our unit five years ago. ... The first year we adopted one family, and it was a huge success. The next year we decided to adopt one of our patient’s families. We had a patient who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had been unable to work. His wife wasn’t working, either, and their children were not going to have gifts. The family was extremely grateful. For the last three years, we have adopted multiple families. The program continues to grow, and this year we provided gifts for 14 children.”

Patty Keenan, RN, BSN, a cardiovascular interventional radiology staff nurse, was honored Jan. 25 with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The nomination came from a patient.

“Patty is very deserving of this award because she basically saved my life with her quick decisions and prompt reactions,” the patient wrote. “After [cancer] treatment, which went very well, I was in recovery, almost ready to be released to my room, when I started experiencing pain. Patty was very persistent the whole time asking me about my pain and how I was feeling. She knows I usually experience discomfort after treatment and could have checked it off as being normal for me. When I mentioned chest pain, she immediately took action, and the cardiac team wasted no time. I was having a heart attack, and without the skills and quick response from Patty, I would not be here to tell you my story.”

Lauren C. Smith, RN, BSN, a medical intensive care unit staff nurse, was honored Feb. 27 with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The MICU team nominated Smith.

“Recently, Lauren cared for a terminally ill patient whose passing was imminent,” a member of the team wrote. “The patient expressed his wish to see his dog one last time. ... Others might consider the request impossible, but not Lauren. She worked with the patient’s family, security and the nursing supervisor to arrange one last visit with his beloved pet. She arranged for a conference room outside of the ICU and transported the patient to the visit. Lauren truly impacted the patient and his family and made an extremely difficult situation a bit easier to bear.”


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