Honoring nurses for outstanding care

April 28, 2016 // SAMC

The Nursing Leadership Coalition of the Central San Joaquin Valley will be hosting its annual RN of the Year event on May 12, where nurses from throughout the Valley are recognized for their outstanding work and contributions. Congratulations to our four Saint Agnes honorees and our Friend of Nursing honoree!

Callie Simons_2x3_150dpi_rgbCallie Simons, RN

Callie is described by her peers as a blessing to everyone. She is full of humility, works quietly and simply and is full of passion and dedication.  She is a true “Nightingale” who supports the nursing practice faithfully. She has a rich library of skills that make her work very efficiently, and she welcomes every opportunity to share it with others. She has excellent critical thinking skills and acts calmly yet intelligently during crisis situations. In addition to launching other special projects and heart-felt initiatives for patients and staff, Callie spearheaded the Saint Agnes Blessing Bears program, where children of terminally-ill cancer patients get to hear their loved one’s voices through a recorder that is inserted in a stuffed bear’s paw.

Simone_Mueller_2x3_150dpi_rgbSimone Mueller, RN

Simone has been a vital member of the Saint Agnes nursing team for many years. As manager of the OR, she has a desire to help strengthen her team by providing an environment of trust and safety. In true leadership fashion, Simone has created ways for staff to feel empowered, be part of decision-making processes and help contribute to building a positive team unit. She’s sought out various team-building activities to engage staff and enhance their professional development. Additionally, Simone has been instrumental in strengthening process improvements and improving the overall delivery of care in the OR.

Georgene Mielke, RN
Development and Support Services Georgene_Mielke_2x3_150dpi_rgb

Georgene has a unique insight that keeps her in tune with staff needs and desires, and allows her to create effective educational plans that yield positive outcomes. As an educator, she leads by example and exemplifies instituted process changes that concurrently unite staff and administrative teams. In addition to serving as a nurse educator, she’s also a resource, support system, and an innovator of care when patient needs or barriers present themselves. By positively empowering nurses, she in turn enhances their confidence to be patient advocates. In addition, Georgene was part of the educational team that launched the new Saint Agnes Nurse Residency Program.

Josh_Lawson_2x3_150dpi_rgbJosh Lawson
Nursing Administration
“Friend of Nursing” nominee

As the administrative assistant for the Critical Care and Surgical Service lines, supporting over 230 employees, Josh is well known as the go-to person for the nursing staff. If he doesn’t have the answer to questions, Josh can be depended upon to find someone who does. He is fully present when he facilitates planning and implementation of evidence-based nursing practices, and he coordinates events within the organization and supports the Nursing Leadership Coalition. Through his benevolent nature and focus on accountability, Josh has had a significant impact on building rapport and trust with staff, patients and their families and physicians. He has excellent follow-through, and is extremely organized, innovative in his approach, and creative with his suggestions to improve processes. In addition, he coordinates the monthly Daisy award ceremonies held at Saint Agnes.

The Professional Growth and Excellence Council will also recognize two other nurses, Lori Waddell, RN, and Jan Mariano, RN, who were nominated to represent Saint Agnes Medical Center as RN of the Year. We are grateful for their outstanding work and contributions to Saint Agnes and to the nursing profession!

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