Five Nurses Nominated for Excellence in Nursing Award
Roseanne McKeen was named as the award recipient
May 10, 2013
From left: Pam Ernest, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care; Janice Morong, Susan Pickrell, Leslie Adams, Rebecca Ryder, president/CEO; Michelle Gordon, and Roseanne McKeen, award winner.
On May 9 in coordination with national nurses’ week, nursing leaders and peers recognized five Franklin Memorial Hospital nurses as outstanding, by being nominated for the organization’s second annual Excellence in Nursing Award. The award was established to recognize contributions by FMH nurses that support the advancement of nursing.
Nominees included: Leslie Adams, RN, Livermore Falls Family Practice; Michelle Gordon, RN, Med/Surg Unit; Roseanne McKeen, RN, Surgical Services; Janice Morong, RN, Surgical Services; and Susan Pickrell, RN, Emergency Department.
“These nurses have demonstrated exceptional nursing practice and professionalism by initiating a sustainable and positive change in work environment or nursing practice while demonstrating our core values of pride, innovation, caring, and excellence,” said Pam Ernest, FMH chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care, in her address. “The award we are presenting today is to recognize these nurses, who demonstrate outstanding commitment to innovative and sustainable change that promotes optimal patient outcomes and a healthy work environment. All of our nominees are winners.”
Along with the nominees, Ernest also recognized the individuals who took the time to nominate a nurse by having each say a few words about her nominee before the winner was announced.
At the conclusion of the award’s ceremony, Roseanne McKeen was named as the award recipient. Nominated by Kelli Gats, RN, McKeen was cited for being caring, kind, thoughtful, gentle, helpful, and compassionate. When you meet Roseanne you know these words describe someone special. Her patients feel it and comment on it. They leave feeling that they have been touched by an angel.
“When met with the challenge of starting a new pain clinic in the fall, Roseanne worked hard to get the clinic up and running. Change was met gracefully, improvements were met head on, and there was growth in being part of a team. Roseanne is willing to take on challenges and is not afraid of adapting to the ever changing climate of health care. She has great ideas to improve the way the unit is functioning and to provide the highest level of care for our patients. She strives toward positive impacts, positive changes, and positive outcomes,” added Gats in her nomination.
Special recognition was also given to employee Ken Rowe, biomedical equipment technician, and Maine Senator Thomas Saviello, who were declared honorary nurses for the immeasurable support each has given to the hospital, staff, and nurses over the years.
Festivities prior to the award presentation included a social hour with light refreshments and entertainment by Native Oak.
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