Outstanding Nurses

2012 Outstanding Nurses Awards

Recognizing the unsung heroes of health care.

2012 Outstanding Nurses Awards
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MARK JOHNSTON

Regions Hospital Burn Center
Registered nurse focusing on direct bedside care for critically injured burn patients

“We work closely with firefighters to provide burn and fire prevention education. We also work with businesses to be part of their safety fairs and/or kids camps. We are very fortunate to have a Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery program, which provides for former burn patients to come back to the burn center and visit with current patients. The SOAR program is instrumental in providing recovery experiences that the health care provider might not be able to offer.”

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Be careful around campfires and do not leave children unattended around fires.
Keep water temperature down on hot water heaters.
Be aware of open flames in the kitchen and do not leave pots and pans unattended.

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GREG JONES

St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Allina Health
Emergency department patient care supervisor and Heart Safe coordinator

“Generating teams made up of patients, families, community volunteers, and health care specialists to earn a Heart Safe designation for a city illustrates many groups working together.
The impact is tremendous. Because of our work, rather than dying from a heart attack, there are dads who get to walk their daughters down wedding aisles and there are moms who get to bake cookies for their grandkids.”



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“I like to think of nurses as the glue that holds health care together. Nurse case managers use
a lot of glue.”
— Diane MacLennan

DIANE MACLENNAN

Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Outpatient nurse case manager focusing on rehabilitation nursing case management with veteran and active-duty patients with traumatic brain injury and polytrauma

“Taken from an Abraham Lincoln speech in 1865, ‘to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ serves as the official motto of the VA and underscores the importance of our mission. My work has allowed me the opportunity to serve those true American heroes who have borne the battle. Many of the successes have been nothing short of miracles, and all were derived from strong partnerships between patients, families, and health care providers working toward common goals.”
 

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“Outstanding nurses find hope in sometimes hopeless situations and then convey that hope to the patient.”
— Dona Maki

DONA MAKI

University of Minnesota Medical Center Gynecologic Cancer Clinic
Clinical care coordinator focusing on women in cancer treatment

“I worked with a young woman who had a germ cell cancer and went through chemotherapy at 17. It was stressful for her, her mom, and family. She eventually graduated high school and college, became an oncology nurse, had a daughter, and brought her baby to see us. She will still stop in to say hello and thank us, saying she and her family could not have gotten through this experience without my help.”


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BARBARA MCANNANY

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Sports Surgery
Perianesthesia charge nurse for sports surgery, focusing on preoperative and postoperative care

“The most rewarding aspect of my job is connecting preoperatively with patients who are anxious and putting them at ease. Recently, a change of practice required us to send home surgical patients, rather than keeping them overnight. As a group, the nursing staff created an instructional DVD tailored to patients of complicated surgeries who are sent home. We used downtime to write a script, and several nurses acted the part of patient and nurse.”“The most rewarding aspect of my job is connecting preoperatively with patients who are anxious and putting them at ease. Recently, a change of practice required us to send home surgical patients, rather than keeping them overnight. As a group, the nursing staff created an instructional DVD tailored to patients of complicated surgeries who are sent home. We used downtime to write a script, and several nurses acted the part of patient and nurse.”

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Don’t follow instructions without knowing the rationale. The greater your understanding, the more likely you are to stick with the treatment.
Treat pain aggressively so acute pain doesn’t turn into chronic pain.

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