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Shining Bright in Palmetto Gold

Mary Smith, MSN, RN, BSN, BC, clinical mentor in the Progressive Cardiac Unit, has been honored with this year’s prestigious Palmetto Gold award. This honor recognizes 100 nurses from across South Carolina each year for excellence and commitment to the nursing profession.

Employers throughout the state nominate nurses for Palmetto Gold. Nominees must meet four criteria:
•Promote and advance the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community;
•Display exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families, student nurses and colleagues;
•Demonstrate leadership and assists others in growth and development;
•Promote the profession of nursing and contribute to the advancement of nursing through civic, community and/or professional association activities.

As a clinical mentor for the Progressive Cardiac Unit, Mary champions process improvements that positively affect patient care and patient satisfaction, as well as support nursing satisfaction and advance the profession. She actively participants in interdisciplinary initiatives, including improvement of catheter-associated urinary tract infection and Foley catheter usage rates, hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rates and electronic health record order processes. With her leadership, the nursing satisfaction scores for the unit have ranked in the 90th percentile in the nation. One of her most notable contributions has been critical-care orientation. Since implementation of these classes, nurse retention and turnover rates have significantly decreased for the unit.

Conngratulations, Mary!

Nurses Shine Bright In Palmetto Gold

Congratulations to four outstanding Lexington Medical Center nurses who received have received the 2015 Palmetto Gold award for nursing, a prestigious honor given each year to 100 nurses in South Carolina who exemplify excellence in nursing. They represent the top of the nursing field. We’re proud to have these outstanding clinicians taking care of our patients everyday in our hospital network.

Sheryl Sturkie, ADN, RN-BC
“Provides a supportive environment”

Sheryl readily shares her knowledge with others. Her positive attitude, extensive experience and commitment to nursing directly affect recruitment and retention in the department. Sheryl initiated and led a comprehensive program that includes national certification recognition, preceptor incentives, and improved communication strategies for nurses, physicians and nurse technicians. As a result of her efforts, the number of certified nurses on the unit increased by 9 percent and nurse turnover decreased from 26 percent to 17 percent. Sheryl was also instrumental in the implementation of a new acuity system, which matches the needs of patients to the competency of nurses. She strives to ensure that her care encompasses the emotional, spiritual and clinical needs of patients.

Beverly Summer, BSN, WHNP-BC
“Unparalleled dedication to her patients”

Beverly has nurtured compassionate relationships with patients since her nursing career began more than 30 years ago. She has served women in labor and delivery, on medical and surgical units, and in public health. Beverly’s relationships with patients, commitment to continuing education and enthusiasm for her profession set the standard for all clinicians. She regularly serves as a mentor for nurse practitioner students, providing them with invaluable training and experience. She also serves as a clinical instructor for Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C. Her practice extends out of the office as well. Beverly established a gynecology clinic in Newberry, S.C., that provides care to uninsured women in the area. She continues to volunteer there once a week.

Lindsay Walker, BSN, MSN, RNC, IBCLC
“Continuously pursues excellence”

Lindsay is respected for her unwavering dedication to quality care, patient safety and high standards of practice. She doesn’t rely on experience alone when caring for patients. As a leader and resource for her unit, she stays abreast of current nursing practices and contributes innovative ideas to improve processes. She monitors compliance with bedside reporting and critical congenital heart defect screenings as well as ensures compliance with mandatory recording logs. Lindsay also encourages continuing education. She was one of the first nurses in the unit to obtain national certification and recently earned a master’s degree. In the community, she promotes education as co-director of a local mentoring program, which matches students with mentors in their ideal professions.

Lisa Lewis, ADN, CCRN
“Cares for the whole person”

For more than 35 years, Lisa’s commitment to patient care has been second only to her dedication to health education. She is passionate about teaching patients the importance of exercise, proper diet, stress relief and regularly scheduled physician visits. Because of Lisa’s efforts, the education class for phase II cardiac rehabilitation patients boasts a participation rate of 67 percent. She also implemented a smoking-cessation program for the hospital, which has a 60 percent success rate for participants becoming smoke-free. This is significantly higher than the national average of 17–19 percent. Additionally, Lisa secured a grant that enables the smoking-cessation program to be offered at no cost, making it accessible for the entire community.