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Nursing in the News


And the Winners Are...!  Nurses and Techs Honored at Suburban

Putting patients first is central to the mission and vision that guide Suburban Hospital nurses and staff in their daily practice.  They treat every patient as unique and deserving of individualized and compassionate care.  Those who go above and beyond are honored with a variety of awards and recognitions throughout the year.

Bottom l-r:  Joan Haywood-Williams, PCT;  Stephanie Kolb, RN; Sara Keller Unger, emergency department technician; Charlotte Reimer, RN.  Top l-r:  Barbara Jacobs, RN, chief nurse officer; Chona Umali, RN, winner of the James A. Brown, M.D. Award for Excellence in Oncology Patient Care; 2011 Daisy Award Winners Jennifer Morfino, RN and Sarah Rasmussen, RN; Voula McDonough, RN; Ronald Woodford, Counselor; Justina Melencino, RN; Jacky Schultz, executive vice president and COO.  Not pictured:  Franco Villar, surgical technologist.

Nursing Newsletter:  The Pulse

Suburban Hospital's nursing newsletter, The Pulse, is published every other month and contains a variety of information useful to our nursing staff.  In it, you'll find updates on our nursing councils, news about special awards and achievements, a blog by nursing director Barbara Jacobs, and much more.  Click here for the most recent edition of The Pulse.

Suburban Hospital Nurse Places 2nd in 2013 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards

Suburban Hospital Pain Management and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Yvonne D’Arcy’s book, Compact Clinical Guide to Cancer Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach for Nurses, has been awarded second place in the 2013 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice category. D’Arcy has worked at Suburban Hospital for more than 11 years.

Beacon Award

Suburban Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes the top critical care units in hospitals nationwide. Our Intensive Care Unit is a 24-bed unit caring for critical medical, surgical and trauma patients, and is one of the designated units for stroke care.  According to the AACN, as a Beacon Award recipient, Suburban Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit earned distinction in the following areas, as measured against evidence-based national criteria:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Education, training and mentoring
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Patient outcomes
  • Leadership and organization ethics
  • Healing environment

“I am so excited for my nursing unit to be recognized for the excellent care we provide to some of the area’s most critically ill and injured patients,” said Kimberly Kelly RN, MBA, CCRN, Nursing Director of the ICU at Suburban Hospital.  “We have a collaborative team approach and a dedicated staff who are passionate about the work they do.”

Suburban Hospital's Critical Care Team

Read more about the Beacon Award in Johns Hopkins Nursing.