Hamilton Health Care System (HHCS) will hold a hiring event for on Thursday, April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anna Shaw Children’s Institute (MAP) on the campus of Hamilton Medical Center. Please park in the lower level parking lot (upper entrance will be locked at 6 p.m.
There are immediate openings for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.
Brandy Salazar, critical care and progressive care unit manager at Hamilton Medical Center, recently received the DAISY Leader Award for Extraordinary Nurse Leaders. The DAISY Leader Award recognizes exemplary nursing leadership excellence.
Salazar was nominated by four staff members who mentioned that she is compassionate, caring, supportive, kind, competent, encouraging, respected, trustworthy and a great listener.
“Brandy is the perfect example of a DAISY Leader,” said Jennifer Ward, RN, clinical resource nurse. “Along with great listening skills, she is also trustworthy. Trust is not something that is easily earned, however, Brandy makes it seem effortless. She is a cheerleader of growth and development, and she always encourages staff to be the best they can be to provide the best care for our patients.”
Six other nurse leaders were also nominated for the award. They include: Jennifer Ward, Cyndi Kernea, Becky Jackson, Joan Hughes, Kay Coffelt and Terri Brown.
The qualifications for the award include:
Role modeling compassion and exemplary practice
Role modeling behavior perceived as extraordinary
Creating an environment that fosters care and compassion
Creating an environment where attributes of trust, compassion, mutual respect, continued professional development and ethical behavior are modeled and supported
Motivating staff with a shared vision and enthusiasm to achieve better outcomes for themselves and for their patients
Mentoring staff members
Being accessible, available and responsive to the needs of others, encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving for individuals and within the context of the team
Promoting and enhancing the image of nursing within the organization, the community and the profession.
Brandy Elder, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hamilton Medical Center, recently received the 2018 Hamilton Heart Honoree of the Year Award.
Elder received the Heart of Hamilton Award in early 2018 and qualified for the Hamilton Heart Honoree of the Year Award. She was nominated for the award for exceeding performance expectations by supporting a new co-worker
Elder was orienting a nurse who was new to the organization and to the country. Other than her husband and young child, the nurse had no family in the area. Her husband suddenly became very sick and was unable to take care of their child while the nurse was working.
Elder stayed after work with the nurse to comfort and support her and then offered to stay at the nurse’s home to try to make the child feel as comfortable as possible.
The Heart of Hamilton Award is provided as a way to recognize Hamilton associates or volunteers for actions that truly demonstrate the “Heart of Hamilton” (serving with compassion through professionalism, respect, integrity, diligence and excellence).
“Brandy certainly went above and beyond in her support of a co-worker,” said Jason Hopkins, Human Resources director. “It’s heartwarming to see and hear about that kind of dedication.”
Hamilton Health Care System focuses on serving with compassion. Through professionalism, respect, integrity, diligence and excellence, associates and volunteers demonstrate their commitment to the people of the community. When associates and volunteers go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of patients, family members, guests or other associates and volunteers, Hamilton is committed to recognizing their extraordinary actions. The Hamilton Heart Honoree of the Year Award recognizes one of the outstanding recipients of the Heart of Hamilton Award.
Josh Cole, a registered nurse in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC), recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award recognizes exemplary nursing excellence, and is the highest honor a nurse can receive at HMC. An award presentation reception was recently held.
Cole was nominated by a patient. The nomination mentioned that he is understanding, a good communicator, personal, professional and that he went out of his way to make the patient more comfortable.
“Josh is a kind and compassionate nurse,” said Brandy Salazar, Critical Care manager. “He maintains an easy-going and positive attitude. I have received multiple positive comments from patients and their families about Josh. They appreciate the time that he takes when he is at the bedside.”
The award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
DAISY Award recipients receive an honorary DAISY pin, a banner to display on their unit, an award certificate, and the Healer’s Touch, a hand-carved sculpture by the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is especially meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona tribe gives to their traditional “healers.” A Shona healer is affectionately regarded as a treasure by those they are caring for which describes exactly how the DAISY Foundation and Hamilton feel about nurses.
Forty-three other nurses were also nominated for the award. They include: Kelsey Mitchell, Levi Barnette, Cheryl Mitchell, Maci Horne, Chris Satterfield, Amanda Cargal, Jamie Hall, Leigh Ann Smith, Shanna Ramage, Gina Hawkins, Stephanie Bergeron, Justin Bailey, Freddy Fairman, Shana Leonard, Jennifer Waldrop, Brittany Pratt, Scott Cavanaugh, Olivia Ridley, Amy Stafford, Kelli Marcus, Sara Evans, Jim Sanders, Donna Johnson, Sandra Killen, Stephanie Lowery, Stephanie Milton, Niki Gerber, Dawn Holbrook, Joy Holland, Yvette Forster, Beth Strawbridge Oana Tentea, Bayo Adeeko, Melanie Gregory, Rachel Manis, Melissa Eskew, Cassie Chamlee, Rachel Patterson, Tara Skiffen, Andrea Griffith, Molly Cooper, Allison Cartledge and Emily Phillips.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.