It started with 26 nominations. In the end there were eight winners.
The octet forms this year’s “Magnet Nurse of the Year” honorees. They are nurses whose achievements exemplify University of Colorado Hospital’s status as a Magnet facility, considered the gold standard for nursing excellence. The hospital has been designated a Magnet institution four consecutive times, most recently in November 2014.
The eight winners were chosen from among nominees in four categories covering clinical and non-traditional practice (see box). Each winner received flowers and a certificate during surprise ceremonies on their units or in their departments that were attended by leaders, colleagues and, in some cases, family members.
Among their accomplishments and contributions:
• Designing and implementing the Alaris pump/Epic integration
• Working to reduce nurse stress and burnout with regular phone-free breaks
• Leading the approval process for a product to pre-screen donor stools, saving time for the patient and the hospital and speeding treatment of dangerous infections
• Increasing training and education of staff on safe patient-handling equipment and decreasing fall rates
• Developing processes for identifying hospitalized heart failure patients and improving their transitions of care
• Improving nursing documentation of patient education and strengthening the voice of nurses in decision making
• Strengthening cardiac pre-and post-procedural nurse-patient communication and education
• Building interprofessional materials to assist in the management of patients with bowel and bladder problems and hypoglycemia
In addition, Colleen McIlvennan, NP, DNP, lead nurse practitioner for the Heart Failure Program, is a nominee for national Magnet Nurse of the Year honors, said Magnet Program Director Mimi Ryan, RN, MS, NE-BC.
Magnet Nurse of the Year Winners, 2016
- Transformational Leadership: Jara Monroe, RN, Surgical Specialties Unit
- Exemplary Professional Practice: Nikki Chilimindris, RN, Pulmonary Unit; Kelsi Griffin, RN, Pulmonary Unit; Alison Wild, RN, Cardiac and Vascular Center Pre- and Post-Procedural units
- Structural Empowerment: Ashley Withington, RN, Rehabilitation Medicine Unit
- New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements: Cheryl English, RN, Digestive Health Center; Colleen McIlvennan, NP, DNP, Heart Failure Program
- New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements: Deborah Bonnes, RN, Clinical Informatics
Click here for the full nominations of each Magnet Nurse of the Year winner.
Magnet Nurse of the Year winner Deb Bonnes received a congratulatory cake at a May 18 off-campus celebration held in her honor.
Bonnes (center) receives certificate and flowers from Magnet Program Director Mimi Ryan (left) and director of Clinical Informatics Alice Pekarek.
The Clinical Informatics team celebrates with Bonnes.
Ryan congratulates Nikki Chilimindris of the Pulmonary Unit.
Chilimindris with (from left) Associate Chief Nursing Officer Cathy Ehrenfeucht; Brittany Cyriacks, Pulmonary Unit clinical nurse educator; Jennifer Zwink, director of Patient Services; and Kaycee Shiskowsky, Pulmonary Unit nurse manager.
Ehrenfeucht reads about the accomplishments of Digestive Health Center nurse Cheryl English.
English receives congratulations from Ryan and Ehrenfeucht. They are joined by Ambulatory Services leaders (from left) Dianna Webb, Lynne Murray and Mary Beth Savory.
Ryan presents flowers and certificate to Pulmonary Unit nurse Kelsi Griffin.
Griffin, with Cyriacks, Ehrenfeucht, Ryan, and Shiskowsky, displays her certificate.
Colleen McIlvennan, lead nurse practitioner for the Heart Failure Program at UCH, with her Magnet Nurse of the Year certificate.
Mcllvennan was joined by Ryan, Ehrenfeucht and heart failure specialist Larry Allen, MD, who nominated her for the Magnet award.
Surgical Specialties Unit staff greet Jara Monroe (far right, dark blue nurse’s scrubs) at Magnet Nurse of the Year celebration.
Monroe is joined for a photo by Angie Hill, nurse manager of the Surgical Specialties Unit (far left), Ehrenfeucht and Jennifer Zwink.
Ehrenfeucht greets Magnet Nurse of the Year winner Allison Wild in the Cardiac and Vascular Center.
Wild poses with Ehrenfeucht and (from left) Dena Keilman, director of Patient Services for the CVC; Kacie Sims, nurse manager of the Cardiac Vascular Holding Unit; and CVC nurse colleague and nominator Megan Hansford.
Ehrenfeucht reads the nomination of Ashley Withington of the Rehabilitation Medicine Unit.
Withington, joined by Ehrenfeucht, Zwink, Rehabilitation Nurse Manager Jan Hagman and Ryan, celebrates the Magnet Nurse of the Year honor.