Stefaniak, associate hospital director and chief nursing
officer, hugs Linda Holtzclaw.
the award recipients from our long list of very worthy
nominees was daunting, but at the same time it served
as a reminder of the high quality of nursing care
staff that we have throughout the hospital."
Karen Stefaniak, Ph.D., associate hospital director
and chief nursing officer
left, Linda Watts, Linda Holtzclaw, Kim Higginbotham,
Barb Latham and Jennifer Jahraus.
from left, Teresa Chase, Kim Higginbotham and Ruth
Lane. Standing, from left, Lindsay Sullivan, Korinne
Callihan, Barb Latham, Norma Akers, Jennifer Jaharus
and Beth Scott.
16, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky Hospital distributed UK's top
three nursing honors during National Nurses Week May
6-10, including a new one: the Magnet Recognition
Award. The magnet award was instituted because, in
October 2001, UK Hospital was named a Magnet Hospital
in recognition of outstanding nursing care.
is the first hospital in Lexington to achieve this
recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing
came by way of peer nomination.
Ph.D., associate hospital director and chief nursing
officer, handed out the awards in a heartfelt ceremony
May 8. "Choosing the award recipients from our long
list of very worthy nominees was daunting," she said,
"but at the same time it served as a reminder of the
high quality of nursing care staff that we have throughout
Watts, a registered nurse on 5 West, received the
M. J. Dickson Quality Nursing Care Award, which is
given to a staff nurse who has shown a commitment
to professional nursing over the past year. Linda
was nominated by her patient care manager Brenda Holmes,
letter of nomination, Holmes said, "Linda embodies
the commitment to quality that this award exemplifies.
She serves as an excellent role model and resource
person not only to the hospital, but to the community
as well. Linda has become an expert in dealing with
the patient population on 5 West, which is one of
the most difficult units to work on in the hospital.
She has a calming manner when dealing with the patients
and their families. Linda demonstrates excellence
in nursing practice every time she walks onto a unit."
Linda is enrolled in the UK College of Nursing, where
she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
Holtzclaw, a patient care manager in perioperative
services, received the Diana Weaver Leadership/Management
Award, which goes to a nurse who has shown dynamic
leadership skills over the past year.
nurse Helen Rooney-Guinn said in her letter nominating
Holtzclaw, "I have been aware of Linda's exceptional
management style for 14 years." The preoperative clinic
staff members said, "Linda's diligent service and
loyalty to UK Hospital has contributed to the quality
of nursing and enabled nursing to obtain Magnet Status.
She inspires others not only to strive for clinical
excellence, but also to have empathy for our clients
and their families." And by way of nomination the
registered nurses in the cardiac catherization recovery
area said, "Linda inspires the staff by encouraging
us to write our own standards and choose the supplies
that we need that will allow us to better care for
our patients. Her view is that cost containment does
not mean a lower standard of care."
Recognition Award went to a group of UK Children's
Hospital registered nurses who responded to concerns
from parents of patients about the length of time
spent waiting for admission and nursing care. The
nurses planned, developed and implemented what came
to be called the Outpatient Express Unit, which consists
of six pediatric outpatient beds as well as three
pediatric infusion chairs. Patients who need treatments
or procedures that will not require an overnight stay
are cared for in this unit. Ambulatory patients are
assessed and nursing care is initiated in the unit
prior to transfer to an inpatient bed. This expedites
care of the newly admitted patient.
was piloted in October 2001 and the unit opened in
January 2002. Since its inception, the new unit has
received positive responses from patient families,
physicians and nursing staff. The new unit was created
by Norma Akers, Lisa Butcher, Korinne Callihan, Stacey
Green, Lucy Hensley, Kim Higginbotham, Dianna Holtzhauer,
Cathy Johnson, Jennifer Jahraus, Ruth Lane, Barbara
Latham, Teresa Martin, Beth Scott, Jane Anne Smith,
Jennifer Sullivan and Lindsay Sullivan.
held three events honoring registered nurses during
National Nurses Week, in addition to a dinner honoring
the Clinical Nurse Excellence award winners.