Hats off to Children’s Hospital Central California’s Emergency Department Supervisor Donna Wyman, RN, BSN. NurseWeek awarded Wyman the 2008 Excellence Award for California in the Management category during an awards ceremony in Costa Mesa on September 26.
NurseWeek recognized Wyman for her exceptional management skills and the significant contributions she has made to increase access to care in the ED. As a result of her leadership and work with the hospital’s Patient Throughput initiative, the ED was able to make dramatic changes. By September 2006, the ED had decreased its patients that left without treatment (LWOTs) from 13% in 2005 to less than 6%. These efforts continued throughout 2007, ending the year with an LWOT average of 3.2%. The ED decreased the amount of time a patient waits to see a physician in the ED from 108 minutes to 50 minutes. Wyman served as a mentor, coach and facilitator throughout this change process.
With more than 24 years of nursing experience, Wyman has provided leadership and nursing care in a variety of settings including newborn nursery, postpartum and pediatric outpatient and acute care settings. She began her career at Children’s in 1999 as a house manager, then moved into a clinical nurse role and in 2002 accepted the position of supervisor of the ED.
Each year, NurseWeek recognizes nurses in six professional categories: Advancing and Leading the Profession, Clinical Care, Community Service, Management, Mentoring and Teaching. The winners in each of these categories in 12 regions across the country are finalists for the NurseWeek and Nursing Spectrum National Awards. The national awards ceremony will be held in Las Vegas on October 26.