Two Windham Hospital Nurses Feted at Nightingale Ceremony
WILLIMANTIC, CT, May 13, 2008 – “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work.” These words from Florence Nightingale were remembered and honored as two outstanding nurses at Windham Hospital accepted a statewide nursing award on May 8th at the Mystic Marriott. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing were originally designed as a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses throughout the state and to elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.
The Windham women recognized at the awards dinner were Melody Zande, RN, who was cited as “an integral part of our Greer nursing care team, who also serves as a wonderful mentor to younger colleagues,” and Colleen Corcoran, RN, whose “patient advocacy and proactive patient care exemplify the true spirit of nursing.”
“These women represent what is truly special about the nurses here at Windham Hospital. They have a passion for nursing, are constantly trying to improve the quality of patient care and give so much of themselves to benefit our organization, our staff and our community,” commented Carolyn Trantalis, Vice President, Patient Care Services.
The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program is inclusive of all health care settings – hospitals, home health care, health centers, schools, health departments, long-term care, nursing schools, agencies, and medical practices. RNs and LPNs who demonstrate excellence may be considered for recognition if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, scholarship and/or education. Nominations are accepted from their colleagues for those who have made a significant impact on patient care, gone “beyond the call”, demonstrated excellence, shown commitment to the community served, or achieved life-long professionalism.
Windham Hospital employs over 150 nurses (RNs and LPNs.) Individuals interested in the nursing profession or employment opportunities may contact JoAnne Miller at 456-6936.