Six Nurses Nominated for Excellence in Nursing Award
Megan Adams was named as the award recipient
June 12, 2012
Nominees included from left: Miriah McKenna, RN, BSN, Emergency Department; Mary Sennott, RN, Intensive Care Unit; Michelle Sweetser, BSN, Intensive Care Unit; Theresa Richard, RN, BSN, Med Surg; Megan Adams, RN, Franklin Health Internal Medicine; and Jeannine Lake, RN, Day Surgery, Clinical Diabetes Educator. At right is Rebecca Ryder, president/CEO and Pam Ernest, chief nursing officer.
Six Franklin Memorial Hospital nurses were recently recognized by nursing leaders and peers as outstanding, by being nominated for the organization’s first ever Excellence in Nursing Award. The award was established to recognize contributions by FMH nurses that support the advancement of nursing.
Nominees included: Miriah McKenna, RN, BSN, Emergency Department; Mary Sennott, RN, Intensive Care Unit; Michelle Sweetser, BSN, Intensive Care Unit; Theresa Richard, RN, BSN, Med Surg Unit; Megan Adams, RN, Franklin Health Internal Medicine; and Jeannine Lake, RN, Day Surgery, Clinical Diabetes Educator.
Prior to the award presentation attendees enjoyed a social hour with entertainment by Native Oak and light refreshments.
“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 go beyond the individual patient experience to impact the community, a particular patient population or the 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, Megan Adams was named as the award recipient. Twice nominated by Karen Yingling, professional practice coordinator, as well as Kendra Newton and Susan Theiss of Franklin Health Internal Medicine, Adams was cited for improving nursing practice by developing the role of the nurse as an adjunct to care support, to provide chronic disease education, support, and self management in primary care practices. She was responsible for developing the prototype for the nurse-directed Medicare Wellness Exam: scheduling patients for a nurse visit to review health history, identify risks, provide education, and create an action-based health maintenance plan.
“Her pride in the positive impact made on patients’ lives by the Internal Medicine team has brought a new vitality to the practice,” stated Yingling in her nomination. “Physicians have an increased appreciation for nursing’s diverse skills and refer patients to Megan for education and disease management.”
“Many people think that you have to work in a major medical center to do something great,” added Ernest. “This is not true; we have great things happening at Franklin Memorial Hospital every day, 24/7.”
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