Nurses' Week 2011 Awards and Recognition Recipients

On Friday, May 6, 2011 Vanderbilt Medical Center celebrated Nurses' Week with our annual Nursing Awards & Recognition Event.  Congratulations to all our nominees!  

Below are the recipients and their thoughts on what it meant to be recognized amongst an exceptional list of nominees. 

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Spirit of Nursing Award
Prima Te-Lim, RN3, CCRN
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

"At first, I couldn't believe that my poem was chosen.  I was thrilled that I had won.  I considered it a huge honor, especially since Donna Williams, our late director of perioperative services, was one of the inspirations for me to write the poem since she spearheaded this essay contest in Children's Hospital."

Rebecca Clark Culpepper
Education and Mentorship Award

Todd Griner, MSN, RN
7N General Cardiology

"This recognition for past accomplishments developing and mentoring nursing colleagues launches inside me even more excitement about the future.

I’ve known for two years my life’s work is to help others visualize and attain their dreams.  To me this award is like a road sign telling me I’m aligned with that purpose.  At the deepest level I feel a beam of gratitude.  I found myself speaking “thank you” as I made my way to the stage and back to my seat.  The gratitude which swells inside me lingers and stems from the celebration of nursing excellence at all levels. Being part of that is deeply special.  This award will travel with me forever and serve as inspiration to continually and forever live up to the example set by Rebecca Clark Culpepper.  I was grateful to have her daughter Demoyne Culpepper present.  Having her on stage with her father added to the joy and felt like a full circle moment.

I was honored to be on stage with nurses who’ve helped me get to this point and left me forever changed: Colleen Conway-Welch, Marilyn Dubree, Robin Steaban, and Deb Chamberlain.  The only nurses I would have added are Carol Eck because she developed and mentored me for 8 years, Debianne Peterman because she is my role model for developing people at all levels, and Becky Keck because I go to her to talk through critical decision points every step of the way.  Each of these nurses contributes to everything I do in the future because I wouldn’t be here without them."

Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award
Deonna Moore, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

"I was very honored.  It’s a team effort, and I am surrounded by great people.  I’ve been given the opportunity to learn from the best in so many areas."

Educator of the Year Award
Johnny Woodard, BSN, RN
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

"I was overwhelmed on so many levels to receive this recognition from my peers.  Having been at Vanderbilt for more than 21 years now, I have been fortunate to have many proud moments as a nurse here at the Medical Center.

This award, however, means so much to me because it was awarded by my colleagues and fellow nurses.  I felt honored to be included as a nominee and to be announced as the winner was an accolade that I will never forget.  I am sincerely appreciative."

Friend of Nursing Award
Raye Nell Dyer
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

"I was stunned and overwhelmed!  What an honor! There are SO many people who offer wonderful support to our nursing staff and I feel very honored to be among them. 

One of our former nursing leaders, Irene Hatcher, once made a statement that continues to hold my attention and frame my practice.  She said, “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.   Autograph your work with excellence.”  The main reason I feel so honored to be the recipient of the Friend of Nursing Award this year is because I have such incredible respect for our nurses who absolutely, every day “autograph their work with excellence.”  Getting to be one of their partners in care-giving is a high honor….they inspire me every day."

Transformational Nursing Leader Award
Susan Hernandez, MBHA, RN
Associate Hospital Director
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

"It was such a surprise!  There were so many amazing leaders on the list.  I did not even think I would come close to receiving the award.  I was thrilled to be nominated!  I feel so honored to be selected by my colleagues for the award this year.

It reminds me to keep striving to do my very best and remember the impact we all can have on each other as well as the patients we serve.  I am so thankful for the leaders who have taken the time to mentor me through the years.  Whatever success I enjoy, is due to the leaders who have been and are willing to give me opportunity and guidance through my career." 

Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year Award
Karen L. King, LPN
Adult GI/Endo Clinic

"After the initial shock, I felt very thankful to those who surround me every day here at Vanderbilt.  This is not an honor that is achieved alone. 

I am fortunate to have a wonderful manager, Jena Hodges, RN, coworkers and physicians that allow me to be successful in taking care of my patients and to allow me to grow as a nurse.  I am grateful and blessed to be part of the Digestive Disease Center at Vanderbilt and I am very proud to be part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center." 

Research and Evidence Based Practice Award
and Rosamond Gabrielson's Staff Nurse of the Year Award for VUH
Darlene McCormick, RN3
Medical ICU

"It was a total surprise to me, so I was pretty overwhelmed by it all!!  I felt very honored, but also very humbled.

I owe so much to the awesome people that I work with in MICU and to my especially awesome manager.  Receiving these awards just made me appreciate them so much more!"

Rosamond Gabrielson's Staff Nurse of the Year Award for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Rebecca Warren, RN4

"I was very honored to be selected for this award.  Children's Hospital is an amazing institution, and we have tremendous people and leadership working hard to continually improve the quality of care for our patients.

I think by me being selected for this award, it has inspired other staff nurses to become even more involved, and highlights the fact that Vanderbilt provides ample opportunity for nurses to reach out professionally and use their gifts and heart to continue to build up this organization from within, starting at the bedside.  Working together, we can really make a difference." 

Rosamond Gabrielson's Staff Nurse of the Year Award for TVC/VMG Clinics
Cheryl Landis, RN
Surgical Weight Loss Clinic

"Honestly I was extremely honored just to be nominated.  To know that my colleagues hold that much respect for me is truly a gift in itself.  I am very fortunate to work with a great group of compassionate people and I realize that everyone on our team is valuable.

We do agree that the team approach is the only way to succeed.   As for receiving the award, words can not describe all the feelings that I had.  I love what I do and I am a people pleaser.  I love to see our patients smile and say “thank you” when I am able to help them.  The feeling that comes over you is pure joy.  My career as a nurse has taught me many valuable life lessons.  I have learned what is truly important in life and I am extremely thankful for what I have."

Rosamond Gabrielson's Staff Nurse of the Year Award for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
Nicole Hutcherson, BSN, RN2 
VPH Adult

Team Award
Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)







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