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Nurse Harvey Named 2015 Cameos of Caring® Awardee at MVH

Nurse Harvey Named 2015 Cameos of Caring Awardee at MVH photo

In celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, MVH hosted a breakfast to honor its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt (right), senior vice president of Nursing, presented the 2015 Cameos of Caring® Award to Crystal Harvey, a registered nurse on the Behavioral Health Unit. Ms. Harvey was chosen from among 15 MVH nurses nominated by their co-workers for demonstrating excellence in nursing care, serving as advocates for patients and families; and embodying the essence of the nursing profession.

Monongahela Valley Hospital President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. examines the Intensive Care Unit quilt square photo

Monongahela Valley Hospital President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. examines the Intensive Care Unit quilt square that incorporated colorful medicine bottle caps. The quilt was displayed at MVH's Annual Nurse Appreciation Day. Each nursing department created a square, a symbol of how well the nurses in different departments need to work together. The quilt will be put on display in the hospital lobby.
(May 8, 2015 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Each year, Monongahela Valley Hospital honors its nurses in early May to coincide with both National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and the birthday of Florence Nightingale - the founder of modern nursing.

MVH hosted a Nurse Appreciation Day Breakfast on May 7 to celebrate and thank its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt, senior vice president of Nursing, presented the 2015 Cameos of Caring® Award to Crystal Harvey, a registered nurse on the Behavioral Health Unit.

The prestigious Cameos of Caring Awards are presented annually by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Nursing to honor exceptional bedside nurses who work in acute care hospitals. Nurses throughout Western Pennsylvania nominate their co-workers who demonstrate excellence in nursing care, serve as advocates for patients and families and embody the essence of the nursing profession.

In nominating his colleague, Crystal Harvey, for the award, John Hartman, RN, wrote: "Crystal is a model nurse who has a keen eye and a strong sense of responsibility. As a patient advocate, she will encourage a family meeting during treatment and is excellent at providing support and education to our families," he said.

Mr. Hartman added that Crystal receives many phone calls from former patients and their families to thank her for her patience and understanding.

"She is cool and collected in the face of any crisis situations and is able to diffuse situations in a quick and concise manner. As a co-worker, when you are having a good day, she will always encourage you," he said. "Likewise, if you are having a problem, she is always there to provide support and assistance. Not only is she a preceptor and an educator to all of us, she does it all with a smile. When we work with Crystal, we know that it will be a great day because she makes us laugh and be happy."

She thanked her co-workers and said that she was 20 when she started working at MVH. "I've had a lot of rewarding experiences over the last 25 years and they're all near and dear to my heart," said the West Newton resident, wife and mother of three.

Ms. Harvey will be recognized with the Cameos of Caring awardees from the other hospitals in the region during a dinner in the fall.

Walter Cox, M.D., president of the MVH Medical Staff, told the nurses gathered that they deserve recognition every day, not just once a year at the annual Nurse Appreciation Day breakfast.

"The hospital is the real winner for having all of you work here," he said in closing.

Fourteen other MVH nurses were nominated for the Cameos of Caring Award. The 2015 nominees include:

  • Sheila Amati, RN, Emergency Department - Sheila is a preceptor for new nurses and is looked upon by all staff members to assist with any needs of the ED. An active member of the Emergency Nurses Association, she demonstrates proactive, professional and caring approach to patient and family care.
  • Dyann Bury, RN, SameDay Surgery - Dyann wanted to be a nurse "to make a difference in people's lives." In SameDay Surgery, Dyann demonstrates excellent critical thinking skills and has the ability to make patients feel at ease, comfortable and reassured during their stays.
  • Yvonne Daniels, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) - "Perfectionist," "meticulous" and "conscientious" are the three words her peers use to describe Yvonne's approach to care. Although she has more than 25 years of nursing experience, she strives to make each day better than the last one.
  • Holly Giordano, 6-E - She brings a wealth of confidence and compassion to the nursing profession and to MVH. Holly can ably assess situations using critical thinking skills to determine the best course of action for patients. She will happily accept leadership responsibilities but can also follow directions well.
  • Julie Henry, RN, Operating Room - Surgical patients don't often remember their OR nurses, but Julie is a true advocate for the patients unable to speak for themselves. Julie brings a strong conviction for continuing education and evidence-based protocols to the Operating Room and the nursing profession.
  • Keisha Jones, RN, Mon-Vale Oncology Department - Keisha has worked with oncology patients at MVH since 2009 and became an RN in 2014. Very detailed and meticulous in the care she provides, she brings to her team good assessment skills. Patients who have witnessed Keisha's career evolve comment that her skills and demeanor are that of a seasoned nurse.
  • Wendy Kraemer, RN, 7-East - A leader on 7-East, Wendy's heart is in providing care to MVH's oncology patients. She serves as a preceptor and mentor to help new nurses grow and develop their critical thinking skills. She acts as a patient advocate at all times. She plans to become Oncology Certified in 2016.
  • Stephanie Obusek, RN, Coronary Care Unit - A dedicated nurse and team player, she assists others without hesitation. She goes above and beyond to make her patients comfortable. Stephanie says that nursing is a rewarding profession and a very satisfying career because she can make a difference in someone's life daily.
  • Jamie Simon, RN, 5-West - Jamie has been described as "an awesome nurse" and as "an angel" by her patients. Her peers describe her as "helpful, knowledgeable, considerate, caring, dependable and a pleasure with which to work." Considered a role model, Jamie recently volunteered to become a nurse preceptor.
  • Angela Smida, RN, 6-West - Angela has been on 6-West for five years and regardless of what she is doing, she is always friendly and outgoing. Angela is always willing to assist physicians and other staff members and always displays an "I'll do it" attitude.
  • Kristen Walters, RN, 5-East Orthopedic Institute - During her more than 15 years as an MVH nurse, Kristen has been the model of a bedside nurse. This team player quickly takes initiative to develop a plan of care for her patients and families. She serves as a mentor to students and openly welcomes and precepts new employees.
  • Jeanette Weeks, RN, 7-West - Jeanette has been a registered nurse at MVH since 1982. Her tenure also included nine years working with the IV Team. At the bedside, she listens to her patients' needs and follows through on their requests. Jeanette is a preceptor who uses her experience and expertise to provide new nurses with the guidance they need.
  • Margaret Wheeler, RN, 4-Progressive Care Unit - After working as a nursing student intern, Maggie became a registered nurse in 2012 and joined the staff of 4-PCU, the Stroke Unit. Committed to patient advocacy, she is willing to help new nurses and creates an atmosphere for learning and development.
  • Laura Young, RN, Intensive Care Unit - Her co-workers say that Laura defines nursing because she delivers care with pride and shares her knowledge and expertise to help educate others. She supports the ICU, finds great satisfaction working at MVH and is a valued member of the ICU care team.

"I want to congratulate all of the nurses who are being recognized by their peers," said Senior Vice President of Nursing Mary Lou Murt. "The compassion and expertise that you have and that you display every day affects the positive outcomes that our patients achieve."

"Outside of our everyday life as a nurse, we know that if our friends and families' health is affected in any way, who do they go to first? A nurse who they know," she said. "It's not only what we do on the job but what we do in the community that also makes nursing so special."

A committee of past MVH Cameos of Caring Award winners chose the winner from among the nominees.

At the Nurse Appreciation Breakfast, those physicians, staff and managers gathered also thanked the family of the late Norman and Florence Golumb, who established an endowment for nursing education.

"My mom and dad were so proud of the nurses at this hospital," said Lois Treloar, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Golumb. The family practitioner passed away in 1993. "They were proud of this hospital anyway but they were just as proud of the nursing staff because the nurses represented what was best and most compassionate about this hospital."

On display at the event was a hand crafted MVH quilt. Each nursing department created a square, which was then assembled and quilted together by Critical Care Unit Clerk Jackie Ingram. The quilt will be put on display in the hospital lobby.

President and CEO Louis J. Panza said that the quilt is the perfect metaphor for how well the nurses in all the departments work together and how much creativity, resourcefulness, team effort and attention to detail they have to give our patients such excellent care.

"You are absolutely amazing together," he said.

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