Shannon Hart, RN, clinical nurse coordinator on the 2 East Multispecialty Unit at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, has been named SRH’s Nurse of the Year. Hart was chosen by the SRH Nurse Excellence Awards Committee from over 30 nominations. The annual award recognizes nursing excellence achieved through leadership, professionalism, commitment to others and commitment to patient experience.
“I am genuinely honored,” said Hart. “I’ve only ever wanted to be a nurse. This means so much to me.”
“Shannon is a resilient, flexible and dedicated nurse,” wrote fellow team member Ashley Burl, RN, in her nomination. “No matter what the assignment, she strives to interact and build rapport with patients and families in every encounter. Shannon is a hero to all.”
Ten additional nurses received awards in eight categories: Art of Caring, Contagious Positive Attitude, Education/Professional Development, Excellence in Core Values, Excellence in Leadership, Personifies Professionalism, Precepting/Mentoring, and Professional Practice/Excellence in Nursing. Hart won the “Art of Caring” award and was then chosen from among the following category winners for the title of Nurse of the Year:
Photo: Shown at the UM Shore Regional Health Nurse of the Year Award presentation are Mary Collins, Nurse Manager, 2 East Multispecialty Unit; Shannon Hart, Nurse of the Year; Jenny Bowie, Chief Nursing Officer; and Ashley Higgs, Clinical Nurse Coordinator.
Art of Caring – Shannon Hart, BSN, RN, 2 East Multispecialty Unit
Contagious Positive Attitude – Jakisha Downing, MSN, RN, Emergency Department, Easton
Education/Professional Development – Lori Geisler, MSN, RN, Population Health
Excellence in Core Values (Excellence) – HarliArcieri, RN, Emergency Department, Easton
Excellence in Core Values (Compassion) – Kelly Vogt, RN, 2 East Multispecialty Unit, Easton
Excellence in Core Values (Integrity) – Rachel Wright, BSN, RN, Emergency Department, Easton
Excellence in Leadership – Mary Collins, BSN, RN, 2 East Multispecialty Unit, Easton
Excellence in Leadership – Stacy Dion, BSN, RN, Same Day Surgery, Easton
Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice – Alexa Blazejak, RN, 2 East Multispecialty Unit, Easton
Personifies Professionalism – Eden Kinser, BSN, RN, Emergency Department, Chestertown
Precepting/Mentoring – Rebecca Hutchinson, BSN, RN, CMSRN, 2 East Multispecialty Unit, Easton
About University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,200 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state’s future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System’s anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit www.umms.org.