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Nurses recognized for spirit, compassion

AUGUSTA, Ga. – More than a dozen Georgia Regents University and Health System nurses were recognized at the 2015 Spirit of Nursing Showcase hosted May 2 by the CSRA Chapter of the Georgia Nurses Association. The annual Showcase and awards banquet is a celebration of National Nurses Week, which each year begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

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2014 CRSA Nurse of the Year Amy McKeen is featured in the May/June issue of Augusta Family Magazine. The Nursing special section also includes a list of the 2015 nurse of the year nominees, as well as this year’s Spirit of Nursing award winners.

The following nurses received Spirit of Nursing awards for exemplifying a true spirit of caring and commitment to the nursing profession – whether delivering direct patient care services or leading others:

  • Renee Flippo, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Biobehavioral Nursing
  • Dr. Amber McCall, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Physiological and Technological Nursing
  • Gail Cantrell, Senior Staff Nurse, IV Therapy Team, Georgia Regents Medical Center
  • Anne Gadia, Senior Staff Nurse, Operating Room, Children’s Hospital of Georgia
  • Tammy Harris, Senior Staff Nurse, Family Medicine, GRHealth
  • David Highsmith, Staff Nurse, Operating Room, GRMC
  • Donna Kolb, Senior Staff Nurse, Epilepsy Unit, CHOG
  • Kasey McGill, Senior Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, GRMC
  • Yakita Rouse, Senior Staff Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, GRMC
  • Traci Talman, Senior Staff Nurse, Adolescent Clinic, CHOG
  • McKenzie Vick, Staff Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, CHOG
  • Deanna Williams, Senior Staff Nurse, Emergency Medicine, GRMC

In addition, McCall and Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Wright, also in Physiological and Technological Nursing, were awarded Spirit awards on behalf of Sigma Theta Tau, and the Georgia Association of Peri Anesthesia Nurses recognized GAPAN member Gloria Moxley in Preanesthesia at CHOG with a Spirit of Nursing award.

Nurse of the Year nominees in the staff nurse category were Cara Collins and Nancy Green, both Senior Staff Nurses in Emergency Medicine, and the College of Nursing’s McCall was nominated in the category of nurse educator/researcher/clinical nurse leader.

Amy McKeen, a pediatric nurse in the CHOG Cystic Fibrosis Center, was 2014 CSRA Nurse of the Year. McKeen and this year’s Spirit winners are featured in the May/June issue of Augusta Family Magazine in the Spirit of Nursing special section.

According to the American Nurses Association, there are about 3 million registered nurses in the United States today. About 1,300 of them deliver care at GRHealth. Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that has grown tremendously over the past few decades. Most people associate nurses with hospitals, but hospitals are just one of the many areas where today’s nurses practice.

Nearly 70 faculty nurses at GRU’s College of Nursing work in the classroom, teaching and training tomorrow’s patient care teams. Nurses are also earning advanced degrees, such as the nurse practitioner degree, and are operating a variety of medical clinics to help meet the demand for primary care. Furthermore, nurses are leading the charge in Patient-and Family-Centered Care, a practice GRHealth helped pioneer that improves health care quality and safety by involving the patient and family in the entire plan of care.

Nurses Week: Blessing of the Hands

Chaplain Brennan Francois says a prayer with nurses at Georgia Regents Medical Center during one of many Blessing of the Hands ceremonies on National Nurses Day during National Nurses Week 2015.

Hospital chaplains roam the hospital floors each year walking from unit to unit to anoint the hands, offer a blessing, and pray with the more than 1,200 nurses who provide care to patients at GRHealth.

GRU, GRHealth celebrate nurses

AUGUSTA, Ga. – In recognition of National Nurses Week, Georgia Regents University and Health System have more than a dozen events planned to highlight and thank nurses for their contributions to quality patient care. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

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GRU’s College of Nursing events include an ice cream social, workshop,  departmental luncheons, and two educational webinars. In addition, the CON Honors Convocation is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Christenberry Fieldhouse, and commencement is 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, at James Brown Arena.

GRHealth events include dessert receptions, Doughnut Day, a white-out, GRU Blue Day, and multiple unit-specific events.

Shared events during the week are the annual Blessing of the Hands, Pamper a Nurse Day, and a preceptor reception. On Wednesday, May 6, hospital chaplains will walk from unit to unit to share blessings, anoint the hands, and pray with nurses and other staff members beginning at 7 a.m. and ending with a 2:30 p.m. service in the Children’s Hospital of Georgia Chapel. On Friday, nurses will be treated to hand massages in the Dogwood and Magnolia Rooms of the Georgia Regents Medical Center cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Monday, May 11, nurses will wear traditional white for a Nurse Preceptor Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the GRU Alumni Center.

This year’s National Nurses Week theme is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.” It underscores the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion, and care nurses display in their practice and profession. The theme is an important part of the American Nurses Association’s Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health, and safety of nurses and patients.

Members of the media should contact Denise Parrish at 706-831-3148 or mparrish@gru.edu; or Kelly Jasper at 706-513-0719 or kjasper@gru.edu; to arrange the best opportunities for media coverage during Nurses Week.

GRU diversity expert available for National Nurses Week

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Nursing student diversity is on the rise, says Dr. Faye Hargrove, chair of the College of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee at Georgia Regents University.

A diverse nursing workforce is key to providing culturally sensitive patient care. It’s why the GRU College of Nursing Dean Lucy Marion and Multicultural Affairs Coordinator Melissa Johnson-Bates recruited a dedicated committee to advise college leadership on how to best attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from under-represented groups in nursing. Hargrove, Chief Development Officer at the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta, brings expert leadership to the team.

Since its inception in February 2014, the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee has reviewed a five-year diversity and inclusion plan, participated in and promoted training, analyzed student and employee demographic data, and made recommendations for recruitment, programming, and processes. This year, one of their most significant contributions has been to propose guidelines for a nursing curriculum that includes cultural competency development for all new nursing students.

“Our diverse community deserves the best caregivers we can provide, ” Hargrove said. “Real information about diversity and inclusion isn’t always intuitive. You have to educate yourself and make the effort, which is what the College of Nursing is doing. We’re looking at everything. It’s not just race and ethnicity. It’s age and gender and religion and lifestyle and so many other things that make the difference in providing quality patient care.”

From May 6-12, GRU and GRHealth will celebrate nurses as part of National Nurses Week. Events include a gala for nurses, and free webinars sponsored by the American Nurses Association and National Black Nurses Association. April is also Diversity Awareness Month at GRU. The month, designated by the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, encourages the exploration of cultures and differing perspectives.

Hargrove, a personal development coach and team trainer for corporations and clients across the United States, is a published author and civic leader active in various organizations. She is a founding member of Women in Philanthropy of the Central Savannah River Area and also serves on the Boards of Directors for the Community Foundation of the CSRA, the First Tee of Augusta, and the United Way of the CSRA.

Hargrove is an alumna of the University of Georgia. She has previously served as CEO of Hargrove Leadership Services, as a faculty member in the School of Business at Georgia College and State University, as the Head of the School of Business Administration and Economics at the University of South Carolina Aiken, and as Vice President for Student Development at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

She periodically teaches non-profit management and strategic planning for non-profit organizations in the Masters in Public Administration program at GRU.

Hargrove is available to discuss diversity and inclusion in business, education, and leadership, and the need to attract students and faculty from under-represented groups in nursing. To schedule an interview prior to or during National Nurses Week, contact Kelly Jasper at 706-513-0719.

Celebrate GRHealth this May

Nurses Week, May 6-12

Hospital Week will be celebrated from May 10 to 16 with a variety of events.

On Monday, employees can get healthy snacks in Terrace Dining .

On Tuesday, there will be random drawings for a variety of goods and services.

On Wednesday, there will be a GRHealth double wall tumbler giveaway.

On Friday, 3rd shift will receive biscuits and there will be an Employee Cookout.

EMS Week, May 17-23

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Nurses Week observance will be May 6-12

The College of Nursing will join the nation in the annual Nurses Week observance May 6-12. There will be special activities that celebrate the profession and the contributions of nurses across the GRU Enterprise.

The College of Nursing festivities will begin with the Annual Recognition Ceremony on May 3, a celebration of individual and collective achievements of faculty and staff. Other activities include the dean’s Reception following the ceremony, a dessert reception at GRMC, and department brunches. View the full schedule here.