The large conference room at Children’s Hospital Central California was filled with nurses who had come to celebrate their accomplishments in nursing practice, education and leadership, and to honor their peers who would receive special awards during the 2014 National Nurses Week Awards Ceremony.
“What you do for a child who is scared is immeasurable,” said Todd Suntrapak, president and chief executive officer, Children’s Hospital, during his opening remarks. “There are a million stories about our nurses who have helped restore a future for a child. I hear them all the time. So keep up the great work.”
Beverly Hayden-Pugh, vice president and chief nursing officer, served as master of ceremonies for the annual event. She began by recognizing nurses involved in nursing governance at the Hospital. She drew attention to the fact when Children’s was notified of its third consecutive designation from the Magnet Recognition Program® of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Commission on Magnet Recognition® acknowledged how nursing leaders at Children’s Hospital guided, planned and implemented the redesign of the nursing governance structure, including providing mentoring to the chairs and the chair-elects.
Next in the awards ceremony, Hayden-Pugh gave Children’s Hospital George pins to college graduates who had received degrees in the past year, including those who are graduating in May and beginning their careers as registered nurses at Children’s Hospital. “These nurses represent our future,” she said.
Hayden-Pugh moved to the final recognition with a fitting segue. Before introducing the Nurse of the Year award and Friend of Nursing award recipients, she noted that the three individuals’ combined service to Children’s Hospital totaled 86 years.
Nominated annually by staff members, award winners are recognized for their outstanding contributions to patient care and the nursing profession. The selected individuals represent and exhibit the Hospital’s core values of Excellence, Compassionate Care, Integrity, Innovation, Collaboration and Stewardship.
Children’s is pleased to recognize the 2014 Nurse of the Year and Friend of Nursing winners.
Margaret Holmes, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Nurse of the Year 2014 – Clinical Practice
Allen Henning, BSN, RN, CPN
Nurse of the Year 2014 – Education
Randy Mack, MPT, Physical Therapist III
Friend of Nursing 2014
Visit the May 2014 Issue of Nursing Excellence online to learn more about the winners.