Providence Health Care Nurses Awarded for Excellence

Vancouver, May 15, 2008 — During National Nursing Week (May 12-18), Providence Health Care (PHC) is celebrating the unique contributions and achievements of both the nursing profession and the individual nurses who work at PHC.
PHC employs 2,300 nurses including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses. As a truly diverse group of health care professionals, PHC’s nurses work as caregivers for the frail and elderly, as nurse practitioners on the cutting edge of practice, as leaders with management responsibilities, as researchers for the Heart + Lung Institute, and as educators — both in PHC’s hospitals and at colleges and universities.

“Nurses have always played a pivotal role in the delivery of care, but today their profession has never been as varied or as challenging,” says Dianne Doyle, PHC’s President and CEO, and a Registered Nurse who began her career in health care as a staff nurse at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. “At Providence Health Care, we are sincerely grateful for our nurses and are honoured to recognize and celebrate the valuable contributions they make to the lives of hundreds of thousands of British Columbians and their families each year.”

Recently, 23 of PHC’s nurses were honoured with awards from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC), College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC) and yesterday’s awards through the B.C. Ministry of Health and B.C. Health Authorities.

“I would like to congratulate our nurses who have been presented these various awards,” says Doyle.  “These individual nurses and, indeed, all the nurses at Providence Health Care, together with their colleagues from other disciplines, continually set high standards that others aspire to match.”

Numerous activities and special events are taking place across PHC’s sites to celebrate Nursing Week.

Background on Recent Awards and Bursaries Received by PHC Nurses
As part of the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Nurses Association and B.C.’s 150th anniversary, the Ministry of Health and the British Columbia Health Authorities have recognized 150 Outstanding Nurses throughout B.C. for their significant contribution to patient care and health care.

The following fifteen PHC nurses were honoured yesterday for demonstrating excellence in nursing through a high standard of care, team work and mentorship:

• Connie Deugau, Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Educator), Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.
• Irene Goldstone, Registered Nurse, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, St. Paul’s Hospital
• Stephen Parker, Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Educator), St. Paul’s Hospital.
• Katherine Gerry, Registered Nurse (Staff Nurse), St. Paul’s Hospital.
• Nala Murray, Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Educator), St. Paul’s Hospital.
• Bill Moore, Registered Psychiatric Nurse (Clinical Nurse Leader), Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.
• Steven Roth, Licensed Practical Nurse (Staff Nurse), St. Paul’s Hospital.
• Rosemarie Riddell, Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist), St. Paul’s Hospital.
• Martha Mackay, Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist), St. Paul’s Hospital.
• Tilly Schalkwyk, Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Youville
• Janice Muir, Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist), St. Paul’s Hospital
• Carol Galte, Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner), St. Paul’s Hospital
• Alice Chan, Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist), St. Paul’s Hospital
• Janice Victory, Registered Nurse (Clinical Site Director), Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.
• Christine Pahal, Registered Psychiatric Nurse (Staff Nurse), St. Paul’s Hospital.

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has also selected PHC Registered Nurse Irene Goldstone as one of Canada’s top 100 nurses for the CNA Centennial Awards. These one-time awards were created in time for the centennial anniversary of CNA in 2008 to celebrate 100 exceptional registered nurses whose personal contributions have made an outstanding and significant impact on the nursing profession.

The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia’s Recognition Program (CRNBC) enables registrants of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia to honour colleagues for their outstanding contributions to the profession and for demonstrating excellence in relation to the CRNBC Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.This year, five of the winners of the CRNBC Recognition Program are PHC nurses:

• Louise Malysh, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Chronic Pain/Neuromodulation Program, St. Paul’s Hospital, for the CRNBC Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice. This award is presented to registered nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing practice.

• Leah Shapera, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wound and Skin Care Program, Providence Health Care for for the CRNBC Award of Excellence in Education. This award is presented to registered nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing education in the nurses’ own work setting.

• Carol Galte, Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Science Program, St. Paul’s Hospital, for the CRNBC Award of Distinction in Nursing. This award is presented to registered nurses who have a broad base of nursing experience in more than one domain of nursing and are recognized experts.

• Sue Young, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Renal Program, St. Paul’s Hospital for the CRNBC Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice. This award is presented to registered nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing practice.

• Sandra Bazley, Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, St. Paul’s Hospital for the CRNBC Award of Advocacy. This award is presented to registered nurses who have made outstanding efforts in advocating for health benefits to a specific group.

Each year, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia recognizes six Registered Psychiatric Nurses who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of psychiatric nursing and/or have demonstrated excellence in improving mental health services in British Columbia. Two of this year’s Awards of Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing recipients are PHC nurses, both in the category of leadership in psychiatric nursing, including administration:

• Kent Desrochers, Clinical Nurse Leader, Mental Health, St. Paul’s Hospital
• Mary Shervin, Psychiatry Clinical Nurse Leader, Emergency Department, St. Paul’s Hospital

Providence Health Care (PHC) is Canada's largest faith-based health care organization, operating 14 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver that provide acute, residential, rehabilitation and community kidney dialysis services. Guided by the principle “How you want to be treated,” PHC's 1,000 physicians and 6,000 staff deliver compassionate care to more than 450,000 patients and residents each year. Teaching and research are conducted in affiliation with the University of British Columbia and other institutions of higher education. PHC's facilities include: St. Paul's Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospitals (Brock Fahrni Pavilion and Langara), Youville Residence, Marion Hospice and community dialysis clinics in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Sechelt, Squamish and Powell River.

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