This year, Nurse.com will present a new Rising Star Award at each GEM Award event to an RN who has been working in a professional nursing setting for five years or less. The winner will have demonstrated strong nursing knowledge and clinical leadership skills and exceeded role expectations in patient care and professional endeavors.
This year’s winner in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region is Faith Saporsantos, RN, MSN, CRRN, a senior liaison nurse evaluator at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, D.C.
A vibrant and inquisitive team member, Saporsantos is a natural at undertaking new roles and responsibilities and excelling at whatever she does, said her nominator.
With an insatiable desire to learn more, she assumed the role of lead admissions nurse, which serves as the hub that supports the entire inpatient admissions process. All issues surrounding clinical appropriateness, financial clearance, social disposition and bed availability must be carefully monitored before patients are cleared for admission, and Saporsantos is admired for her ability to effectively collaborate with nursing staff, MDs and other members of the interdisciplinary team. Described as a guiding light for the future of healthcare professionals in the organization, she is viewed as someone who is not afraid of any challenge. When the rehabilitation network hosted a rapid improvement event, Saporsantos represented the admissions department. She emerged as a champion changing the paradigm for weekend admissions and has demonstrated complete commitment to the projects success, said her nominator.
She is supportive of team building exercises and when the organization hosted a certified rehabilitation RN study group, she offered to take the lead. All seven nurses who chose to seek certification passed within a very short period of time. Always working tirelessly on behalf of patients, Saporsantos changed her work schedule to be the clinical lead on weekends, resulting in a significant increase in the number of admissions.