2015 Nursing Recognition Awards

Congratulations to everyone who was recognized on May 6th, 2015 with a Nurse’s Week Award.
– Nurse Rookie of the Year – Jerwyn Tiu
– Nurse Preceptor of the Year – Stephanie Johnson
– Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year – Kathrine Winnie
– Nurse Leader of the Year – Lori Hitomi
– Nurse of the Year – Victor Dimacali
– Nurse Humanitarian of the Year – Lisa Johnson
– Nurse Advocate of the Year – Maria Victoria Deras
– Care Partner of the Year – Leonor Rodriguez
Nurse Week Scholarships recognize and showcase the engagement of the Nurses of USC to seek knowledge and explore new ways to facilitate and influence excellent patient outcomes. Nurse Week Essay Scholarships criteria includes reimbursement of academic degree course tuition (e.g. BSN, MSN) or professional development conference fees and tuition. Scholarships will not reimburse for travel and lodging expenses. Recipients will be requested to prepare and deliver a PowerPoint or poster presentation to your peer group and/or other relevant audience.

Nurse of the Year

Exemplifies the Keck Medical Center of USC and Nurses of USC mission and the elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating the following:

  • Demonstrates clinical expertise
  • Exhibits innovative and creative approaches to achieve quality outcomes
  • Consistently provides compassionate and professional nursing care for patients and families
  • Advocates for patients and families in all activities
  • Promotes patient safety in all activities
  • Demonstrates skilled communication with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary team
  • Works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team
  • Actively participates in professional practice activities
  • Demonstrates professionalism in all activities throughout the medical center and in the community
  • Actively participates in the mentoring of staff
  • Continues to advance own professional development
  • Consistently contributes to positive morale and exhibits enthusiastic Trojan spirit

Nurse Leader of the Year

Exemplifies the Keck Medical Center of USC and Nurses of USC mission and the elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating the following:

  • Leads and encourages shared decision making
  • Supports and participates in professional practice activities
  • Promotes patient and staff safety in all activities
  • Actively demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry by participating in and promoting nursing research, evidence based practice and quality outcomes
  • Transforms thinking, systems and processes to address challenges and removes barriers to advance patient care and produce excellent outcomes
  • Respects the diversity of patients, families, and all members of the healthcare team
  • Actively participates in the mentoring and professional development of staff
  • Continues to advance own professional development
  • Models skilled communication, collaboration, effective decision making and meaningful recognition
  • Works collaboratively with other departments within the medical center

Nurse Rookie of the Year

Exemplifies the Keck Medical Center of USC and Nurses of USC mission and the elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating the following:

  • Demonstrates safe competent patient care
  • Participates in professional practice activities
  • Works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary care team
  • Advocates for patients and families

Nurse Advocate of the Year

Exemplifies the Keck Medical Center of USC and Nurses of USC mission and the elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating the following:

  • Advocates for patients and families in all activities
  • Provides professional, compassionate and exceptional nursing care for patients and families
  • Demonstrates skilled communication with patients, families and the interdisciplinary team
  • Advocates for the profession of nursing throughout the medical center and in the community

Nurse Preceptor of the Year

Exemplifies the Keck Medical Center of USC and Nurses of USC mission and the elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating the following:

  • Demonstrates clinical expertise
  • Exhibits innovative and creative approaches to orientation
  • Mentors new nurses in the transition to professional practice
  • Models skilled communication with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary team
  • Promotes competent, compassionate and professional nursing care for patients and families
  • Works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team
  • Collaborates with the nurse manager and education department in the training of new staff

Care Partner of the Year

Exemplifies the Keck Medical Center of USC mission and the elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating the following:

  • Consistently supports nurses in achieving quality outcomes
  • Exceeds role expectations in collaborative work with nursing
  • Promotes nurses throughout the medical center to other team members, patients and families
  • Supports nursing to create more time for the nurse at the patient’s bedside
  • Participates collaboratively in the mentoring and education of nurses

Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year

Exemplifies the Keck Medical Center of USC and Nurses of USC mission and the elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating the following:

Practice:

  • Demonstrates clinical expertise in selected specialty
  • Participates in the development of evidenced based practice

Research:

  • Participates in research endeavors specific to clinical practice and/or presents poster or publication of research efforts and findings

Education:

  • Actively participates in the education of nursing staff, medical residents and peers
  • Mentors new APNs in the transition to professional practice

Leadership:

  • Consistently demonstrates leadership within the specialty practice setting
  • Role models collaborative practice within the interdisciplinary healthcare team

Professionalism:

  • Actively participates as a member of national, regional or local nursing association
  • Actively participates in Nursing Grand Rounds and/or quality improvement process to further evidence based practice

Nurse Humanitarian of the Year

Exemplifies the Keck Medical Center of USC and Nurses of USC mission and the elements of a Magnet Culture by consistently demonstrating the following:

  • Actively supports and promotes the profession of nursing in the community
  • Actively participates with an international, national or local nonprofit organization
  • Advocates and empowers disadvantaged populations
  • Develops economic, social, cultural and humanitarian initiatives in the community