A nurse specializing in care for geriatric patients at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Md., was selected as the winner of a national nursing award. Erin Ament, RN-BC, BS, a nurse on GBMCs Acute Care for the Elderly unit, received the National Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award for 2012.
Ament has been a nurse for 10 years and has worked on the ACE Unit for five years. She has served as clinical unit coordinator since September 2009.
Ament achieved certification as a gerontological nurse from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the national nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau.
Ament started her nursing career in acute psychiatric nursing and switched to caring for medical/geriatric patients.
“As I worked with the dementia, depression and cognitively impaired patients, I found a joy in their smiles and gratitude from this elderly population,” Ament said in a news release. “They just wanted someone to listen and respond to them as a person and I felt that I was really making a connection and became passionate about helping this population. Working in the ACE program, I consider myself lucky as I get the best of both worlds. In my role, I get to work with the patients I love and educate the nurses around me about the importance of their care with the elderly patient.”
The Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award is presented by the National Gerontological Nursing Association. According to the release, the award was established to recognize excellence in individuals who consistently have provided outstanding care to older adults and have been inspirational role models and mentors to other healthcare workers. A second nurse on GBMCs ACE Unit, Maria Baxter, RN, also was nominated for the award.
“I would like to see more emphasis and acknowledgement of the geriatric population as a specialty and the need to improve our care for them as the country moves toward a graying society,” Ament said. “This population can have so many complications just because of their age; it really takes knowledge to understand and prevent these events.”