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Saint John announces staff awards and recognitions

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  • Written By: Pat McBratney

University of Saint Mary Nursing Scholarship – Sara Potts

Sara, outpatient surgery registration clerk, has received the first annual University of Sara PottsSaint Mary Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship is being offered as a result of a unique partnership between Saint John and Saint Mary. Saint John is providing space, a former Surgery Suite, to be used for a Clinical Stimulation Lab for the students in the University of Saint Mary’s Master of Nursing program and the University is providing a full four-year scholarship to an individual for the BSN Nursing Program. As part of the agreement, the recipient will then agree to work at Saint John for three years.

Sara wrote in her essay nomination form: “Becoming a nurse has always been an end goal of mine.” She continued, “I am a nurturer by nature and strive to provide compassionate care to all I encounter.” She added, “Working alongside my co-workers has been empowering. They perform their duties with resilience and purpose and complete tasks required of them with ease and grace. I see myself honing the same skills and attributes that they possess and I am ready for the starting line to sprint towards my dream of nursing”

“We are so pleased that Sara has been chosen for this new scholarship,” said Paula Ellis, DNP, CARN, NEA-BC, Saint John Chief Executive Officer.

Ellis added, “This new partnership with the University of Saint Mary is a great connection for both institutions. We are able to provide space for their expanding Nursing programs and we, in turn, have our space being utilized by future nurses who are now exposed to Saint John’

“The University of Saint Mary is delighted to offer this new scholarship to future nurses like Sara,” said Michelle Birdashaw, assistant professor of nursing and division chair of nursing. “We hope this award will help her and future recipients reach their full potential. We also hope this uniqu

Cathy Darge award recipiente partnership between USM and Saint John will create a healthier and more equitable community.”

2019 Florence Nightingale Award

Cathy Darge, RN, case manager, received the Florence Nightingale Nursing Award. This award is given to a nurse who has demonstrated excellence in nursing practice. She has worked at Saint John for 13 years.

In the nomination form, Paula Ellis wrote: “Cathy is a nurses’ nurse: quick with a supportive comment, willing to help the team when things are hectic, ready to offer resources or alternatives, unexcitable in turbulent times and dedicated to the team.” She added, “Having worked with Cathy for the past three and a half years, I can attest to her commitment to nursing, her exem

plary practice and her devotion to Saint John Hospital.”

Ellis pointed to Cathy’s high energy, noting she is always prepared, focused and organized and is always keeping her eye on the big picture.

Daisy Award

Missy Barlow award recipient at Saint John.Missy Barlow, RN, staff nurse, was named the recipient of the Daisy Award. This national award is presented to a nurse who displays extraordinary compassionate care. Missy has been a nurse at Saint John for 14 years.?

In the nomination form, ER Manager, Leah Monroe, RN, wrote, “Missy is an outstanding nurse who goes above and beyond for the Senior Behavior Health department.” She added, “Missy takes much pride in her role as a nurse and takes care of each of her patient’s needs wholeheartedly.”

Leah noted, “I can’t count how many times the Emergency department needed help with the screening of a potential SBHU patient and Missy just came to the department and handled the situation for us. She is such a great team player who loves to help with the Skills Fair and other events for which we need volunteers.