Julie Cronin, RN, MSN, OCN, a clinical nurse specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, was announced Oct. 7 as one of six national winners of the 2013 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM Awards.
The GEM Awards, which stands for Giving Excellence Meaning, were awarded regionally earlier this year.
Cronin was honored as the New England region winner in the Clinical Nursing, Inpatient category on May 13 in Newton, Mass.
A group of 60 regional winners were entered into the national competition, which was reviewed and voted on by Nurse.com national advisory board members and other nurse executives from around the country.
Cronin will receive her national GEM Award during a future celebration event at her hospital hosted by Nurse.com.
Cronin and the other five national winners will be profiled in Nurse.coms Nov. 11 print edition and online.
Other 2013 national winners, by category, include the following:
Advancing and Leading the Profession
Paula R. Graling, RN, DNP, CNOR, CNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, PeriOperative Services
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
Falls Church, Va.
Education and Mentorship
Joan Insalaco Warren, RN-BC, PhD, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing Research
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Home, Community and Ambulatory Care
Jill Goldstein, RN, MA, MS
Vice President, Congregate Care
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
New York City
Patient and Staff Management
Betty A. Venth, RN, MSN, BSN, BC
Flight Commander, Family Health
U.S Air Force Base
Volunteerism and Service
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN
Director, International and Nurse Credentialing
Below is coverage of Cronins recognition at the regional event, which was written by Nurse.coms Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, who serves as nurse editor/nurse executive.
Clinical Nursing, Inpatient
RN, MSN, OCN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Massachusetts General Hospital
This is such an honor, and I am so surprised, Cronin said after receiving enthusiastic congratulations and hugs from her colleagues and family and accepting the GEM Award from Eileen Williamson, RN, MSN, senior vice president and CNE, Nurse.com.
Cronin thanked MGH administration and her family for their constant support and her colleagues for inspiring her to be a better nurse.
Nursing is driven by compassion, skill and devotion, and I am privileged to experience this each and every day with my colleagues, said Cronin, who helped her staff implement more than 20 innovations that have enhanced patient care and safety on her gynecological oncology unit in less than a year. They inspire me to help advance nursing practice on our unit at the individual and collective level.
Cronins responsibilities include staff development, needs assessment and quality improvement initiatives. Her colleagues describe her as an invaluable resource for clinical issues, including chemotherapy, end-of-life care and wound management.
In addition, Cronin serves as the liaison for unit and hospitalwide policies and procedures.
As someone who is always looking for ways to make a difference, Cronin created a graduate nurse mentorship program, helped organize monthly ethics rounds, and also applied for a Schwartz Center grant to bring therapeutic support to the gynecology and oncology service
Cronin has made measurable contributions to the unit, and has spearheaded countless initiatives benefitting patients and bringing recognition to her staff and unit. Through a two-year, facility-supported grant, Cronins unit participated in the Care Innovations and Transformation program, and the knowledge gained and positive outcomes achieved are being shared nationally.
This prestigious award not only recognizes me, but also recognizes nurses from my past, present and future, as well as the patients and families who entrust us with their care, she said. It is an acknowledgement of the passion for, and dedication to, nursing that I share with my colleagues.
Cronin plans to continue her work as a clinical nurse specialist in womens health and oncology, she said, because she feels she can make a positive difference in the lives of patients and families in their times of need. She also hopes to pursue her PhD in nursing in the future.