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Shore Regional Health announces 2013 nursing excellence award winner

Friday September 20, 2013
Pictured at the Karen Spies Award Ceremony from left are Pat O’Shea, director of development, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Amy Stafford, RN; and Karen Spies, RN.
Pictured at the Karen Spies Award Ceremony from left are Pat O’Shea, director of development, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Amy Stafford, RN; and Karen Spies, RN.
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Amy Stafford, RN, MSN, is the 2013 recipient of the Karen Spies Nursing Excellence Award. The award was established through a gift made to the Memorial Hospital Foundation to honor Karen Spies, RN, for her caring and professional service. Spies, a former nurse for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health who now works for a private physician practice, presented the award to Stafford. The award is given out annually to recognize a nurse for extraordinary nursing research accomplishments.

Stafford received the award for her study, “Patients’ Perceptions of Patient Care Providers with Tattoos and/or Body Piercings.” This study evaluated patient perceptions of patient care providers with visible tattoos and/or body piercings.

Stafford, who has worked for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health since 2002, is a staff education specialist. Before joining the professional nursing practice team, she was a staff nurse on the surgical unit at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.

“Nursing research is an essential component of current and future nursing practice,” Stafford said in a news release. “The Karen Spies Nursing Excellence Award has provided me a wonderful opportunity to attend a national conference. I look forward to learning about significant advances in healthcare based on nursing research.”

Participants in the study include the following: Heather V. Westerfield, RN, MSN, CMSRN; Karen Gabel Speroni, RN, PhD; and Marlon G. Daniel, MHA.


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