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    2012 Nightingale Award Recipients

    "All of us at L+M, as well as the patients and families our nurses serve so well, are proud of our Nightingale Nurses and all the nurses who are part of the L+M Hospital family."    Lauren Williams, RN, MS, DM, CENP Vice President, Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer

    Meet this year's recipients, and read what their peers had to say when nominating these winners.

    Christine Boie, BSN, RN

    Christine demonstrates strong nursing and clinical skills. She is detail oriented, energetic and motivated to learn and provide quality care. Christine fully engages her patient in a therapeutic report and is highly recommened by her patients.

    Pamela Greenleaf, RN, CMSRN

    Pam is dedicated to her patients and their families; helping them deal with critical illness and loss. She works full time in CCU, is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree and is raising a family. Her tireless energy and vast experience has earned her overwhelming respect from her patients as well as her peers.

    Mary Gwiazdowski, BSN, RN, CNRN

    Mary demonstrates clinical excellence in the field of neuroscience nursing. She achieved neuroscience nurse certification in 2010. Mary is devoted to patient centric care as evidenced by the care she delivers; it is not uncommon that Mary spends time rounding on the patients on the floor to discuss their concerns. She takes the information she receives and uses it to enhance their plan of care. Patients have verbalized they feel as though they are the only patients on the floor. In such a stressful environment it takes a special person to create an experience for a patient where they feel such compassion and individual care.

    Patricia Hightower, RN, CRRN

    Patricia is usually the first to offer help to co-workers on the inpatient rehabilitation unit. She collaborates with therapists and is a strong patient advocate. She demonstrates outstanding teaching skills for educating her patients and family members.

    Victoria Longo, BSN, RN, CPAN

    Vicki is a Clin III nurse, and a member of ASPAN (American Society for Peri-Anesthesia Nursing) and CSPAN (Connecticut Society for Peri-Anesthesia Nursing). She serves as a preceptor to new nurses and a mentor to all PACU staff. Vicki is a great resource with a wealth of knowledge.

    Phyllis McCormack, BSN, RN

    Phyllis has been employed by Lawrence + Memorial Hospital since the 1970’s, first as an LPN and currently as a valued member of the RN staff in endoscopy. Phyllis demonstrates not only clinical excellence but she is a critical thinker that has taken on moving our department toward meaningful Continuous Quality Improvement incorporating Evidence Based Practice. She models compassionate, patient centered behavior toward our patients and families and knows just when to inject a bit of “GI humor” to relieve tension and anxiety. She genuinely demonstrates respect and dignity toward each and every patient and family.

    Katherine Obara, APRN

    Katie provides excellent patient care to her patients as summarized by their quotes: “she is professional, warm and friendly”; “she is always willing to answer questions and explain options”; “she is an asset to your group”. Katie recently helped provide her patients with a smooth transition when their long term provider retired last summer. She is an asset to the nursing profession.

    Virginia Olsen, BSN, RN

    Ginny provides professional, quality and compassionate care in an environment that she helps foster communication, healing and hope. It is just not how she does it, but the way she does it. Ginny is able to connect mind, body and spirit through her special energy and is able to quickly put you at ease using her special style of humor, compassion and empathy.

    Christine Spencer, RN, CCRN

    Christine emulates the dedication, commitment and pioneering spirit that the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing was created to recognize. In these challenging times in healthcare, where technology, payment and clinical care come together in complex way, Christine is known for her ability to integrate this triad while never losing site of the patient who is at the heart of what the nursing profession is all about. She goes above and beyond what is expected.

    Gail Turner, MSN, RN, ANCC

    Critical care and specifically cardiology has always been Gail’s passion. She spent several years as a staff nurse in the CCU at L+M. Gail was an enthusiastic mentor/teacher to new staff. This led her to her next role as a nursing educator. She has also been a clinical instructor for both Three Rivers and UConn nursing students. Gail’s gift to teach and embrace nursing excellence has made her the ideal educator for nursing students.

    Catherine Yering-Rolfe, RN

    Cathy shows individual attention to each of her patients. She delivers nursing services with respect for all which includes patient, family as well as her coworkers. Her ability to show them worth and dignity goes beyond recognition. Cathy respects the worth and rights of all regardless of the nature of their health problems and has an immense understanding that the worth of a person is not affected by disease or disability.