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Notable nurses: Mercy Medical Center RN receives DAISY



Labor and delivery nurse, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Misiewicz, RN, BSN, RNC-OB, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

According to a news release, Misiewicz was nominated for this award by a co-worker because of the way she listens to her patients and advocates for the things that matter to them.

The nomination told the story of a pregnant woman who, during an appointment at the Center for Advanced Fetal Care in Baltimore, was told that one of her twins had died and that the other was very small. The patient was admitted to Mercy, but since her situation had become complex, her midwifery team could not continue her care. The patient and her husband felt alone.

Misiewicz intervened and asked one of the attending physicians to take her as a patient. The physician did and sat with the patient and her husband to discuss the next steps in her care.

Shore Health System, Easton, Md.: Michele Williams, RN-BC, MSN, OCN, CHPN, pain/palliative care specialist and clinical coordinator, received a full-tuition DNP scholarship from Walden University, an online college based in Minneapolis that recently announced the recipients of its Nurses of the Year scholarships. According to a news release, the scholarships were awarded to nurses who are making a positive difference in the lives of their patients, in their organizations and to the future of nursing. Nurses who enroll as new students in Walden’s DNP or MSN programs are eligible for the scholarships.

“The opportunity to achieve the designation of DNP is an important step in my career,” Williams said in the release. “As a long-standing proponent of a smooth transition from cure to palliation to comfort and dignity at the time of death, the DNP provides me with the credentials and credibility to advocate for a comprehensive palliative care program — outpatient and inpatient — which encompasses the entire treatment cycle.”

Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md.: Nurses who recently received their RNC-MNN were Terry Britt, Sue Ellin Grier Clarke, Sarah Barfield-Early, Ashley Smet, Grace Gregory, Karen Denmark, Mulu Gedlu, Sevan Karabedian, Marie Leno, Elizabeth Obiajulu, Mira Greenberg, Irene Pacis, Rebecca Ovbiagele, Mary Muntanga, and Sarya Arsalan. Additional certifications hospitalwide included: RNs Mira Greenberg, Rebecca Ovbiagele, and Lauren Haley as certified lactation educators; Kelly Kleiderer, RN, as a certified lactation consultant; Catherine Jo Ryan, RN, as a certified pediatric nurse; Susan Bailey, RN, in nursing professional development; RNs Stephanie Child and Jolly Joseph in geriatric nursing; Lisa Fischer, RN, in emergency room nursing; Bonnie Marsden, RN, in ambulatory perianesthesia nursing; Nancy Liguori, RN, in pain management; Normal Wilmot, RN, as a certified diabetic educator; RNs Afua Amankwah, Ana Victoria Emperado, Kim Minsoon, Vicky Malik, Michelle Merriweather, and Monaqui Wilson in med/surg nursing; and RNs Christine Salas, Elissa Bernal, Teresa Ostrowski, Katrina Dust, Jennifer Smith, Krista Woods attained subspecialty specialization in electronic fetal monitoring.

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md.: Jazmin Manlapaz, RN, BSN, CMSRN, received the Clinical Practice Award in October at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Annual Convention in Salt Lake City. The award is for outstanding professional achievement and contributions as a med/surg bedside staff nurse.

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore: Christine Savage, RN, PhD, CARN, FAAN, professor and chair of the Community Public-Health Department, has been appointed as a full professor.

“Dr. Savage’s credentials and established track record are superb,” Martha Hill, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean, said in a news release. “The school of nursing benefits from her presence and we are proud to have her as a member of our team of excellence in nursing education.”

Savage, who has spent most of her career specializing in addiction and substance abuse in the context of public health, said in the release that she enjoys the collaborative atmosphere she has experienced since joining JHUSON.

“I really feel like I’m working with a team committed to students, research and practice across the board,” Savage said. “It’s been a wonderful experience.”

Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md.: The hospital recently honored ED nurse Kathleen Nichols, RN, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Nichols has been a nurse for almost 10 years and has been with Suburban Hospital for the past two years.

“I truly enjoy and love what I do and it is great to be recognized for my efforts,” Nichols said in a news release. “I am part of a great team and am honored to be nominated by my colleagues.”

Twice a year, Suburban’s Professional Development Nursing Council sets the criteria for the award, reviews the nominations and selects the winner.

“Kathleen is our fourth DAISY at Suburban Hospital since 2011,” Barbara Jacobs, RN-BC, MSN, CCRN, CENP, chief nurse officer at Suburban Hospital, said in the release. “Each time I participate in a DAISY award presentation, it is both touching and uplifting to hear the nominations of these extremely dedicated nurses. It reminds us all why we chose nursing as a profession.”


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