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2018 Award Winners

Authentic Leadership Award

Awardee Characteristics – Authentic Leadership

This award is given to a nurse leader of distinction who displays the following characteristics consistent with authentic leadership:

  • Acts with the highest level of personal integrity.
  • Is visibly open, authentic and straightforward with others.
  • Is a creative and resilient risk taker – has actively moved his/her organization from “good enough” to better or excellent.
  • Holds his/herself accountable to professional and behavioral standards.
  • Is known for “making things happen”, and getting the job done.

Authentic Leader
Debra Ridling
Seattle Children's Hospital

"Debra Ridling always has time for her immediate team, as well as any front line staff."

"Debra Ridling is 100-plus % always respectful and thoughtful. When you are engaged in conversation with her she gives you her full attention, no matter the situation."

"Debra Ridling always ensures the literature is reviewed, asks what the national standards are, and takes the time that is needed to make sure any decisions made are the right ones. Debra Ridling is so consistent in this area and she’s modeled and mentored others through these steps so well that it truly is our culture at the hospital. At the same time, she is an advocate for nurses working at the highest scope of care. An example of this is supporting the Emergency Department to implement standing orders when laws changes to allow nurses to do this practice."

"In a recent project for breastmilk and formula management with barcode scanning she helped advocate for having a family representative on the project so we didn’t forget them as a stakeholder. She has also done this for other projects and has encouraged us to collaborate with Patient Family Relations or Marketing and Communications."

"I have learned a lot from Debra Ridling on healthy work environment over the years. She models how to have a work life balance by having a routine to not work or send emails from home except for 30-45 minutes in the evening after her children go to bed."

"If there are times difficult conversations or constructive criticism need to be given, Debra Ridling can do this."

"Debra Ridling led organizational initiatives for nursing in the field of ethics by supporting a year-long fellowship for two nurses, collaborating with a University to develop this program."

"One of Debra Ridling’s most recent and largest accomplishments was bringing an entirely new center for nursing research to our organization. Her passion and belief in nursing research has allowed her to partner with other institutes to develop a center specifically for nursing research as a part of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research."

"There is an annual event at the end of the year where each nurse get to formally present their EBP project. This gives such recognition to staff nurses across the hospital."

"I think one of the best authentic characteristics of Debra Ridling is that she never wavers to give credit where credit is due."

"Debra Ridling maintains this characteristic with everything - she always wants to hear the voice of others and always portrays others in the limelight rather than take the credit herself. During our team’s weekly huddles, she has even embedded a step for recognition and accomplishments allowing all of us to share our gratitude of others on the team."

"Debra Ridling definitely is an inspiring example to other nurse leaders and all clinical staff nurses whether these nurses are providing direct patient care or leading nursing research. One manager on an inpatient nurse shared with me that Debra Ridling's name exceeds her across our organization which includes hospital, research and foundations. Many employees, which includes over 1,600 nurses, may not have personally met Debra Ridling but if a program, practice, or hospital initiative includes her name, then it is easily recognized by all involved as something that was well researched and is grounded in quality. She almost has a magical way of helping you go down the right path while making you think it was all our idea."

Authentic Leader
Betty Bush
Providence Holy Family Hospital

"Betty Bush came to our organization 3 years ago with several years of experience looking to fill a vacant Nurse Manager position on our Surgical Acute Nursing Unit.
This Nurse Manager was energized and she set out on a deliberate path to meet individually with caregivers, physicians and her Assistant Nurse Manager team to identify strengths and opportunities and set a plan of action to move this unit from where they were to a high functioning team, with high levels of trust, teamwork, engagement and the quality outcomes that naturally follow."

"Her Assistant Nurse Managers are high performers and caregivers trust them as evidenced by recent employee engagement survey results. This unit has a high functioning Unit Based Council. The chair of that unit council is active in our Magnet Steering committee and won the Nurse Excellence award in 2017."

"These are just a few examples of outcomes Betty Bush has helped this nursing unit achieve by being an authentic leader who promotes participative management."

"Her leadership influence does not stop at the unit level. Betty Bush is an active participant in driving the hospital's community partnership activities with our local elementary school. Betty Bush proposed that our hospital host a STEM day for the older classes to begin to expose them to health care careers in a fun way. The second annual event was held this past March and was highly successful."

"Other examples of the authentic leadership this Nurse Manager exhibits include her willingness to co-chair, then chair our local chapter of NWONE, helping to organize educational events or speakers to address hot topics. In addition, she participates on the Development Committee of NWONE and is a consistent and active participant. She also co-led the upstart of our Magnet Journey until we had a coordinator in place and continues to help advise and steer the Magnet efforts."

"Most recently, this Nurse Manager volunteered to take on organizing Nurse Week activities when the current lead asked to be relieved of this responsibility. This Nurse Manager has added new life and enthusiasm to this annual event. Rather than one recognition event on one day, there are multiple recognition events taking place through the entire Nurse Week, building toward the Nurse Excellence Award ceremony. She has worked with the WSNA chair in a collaborative manner to effectively bring change to the status quo and the two have an agenda that is sure to please just about everyone."

"I must admit, that at times, as I listen to the initial brain storm of ideas, even I feel overwhelmed as to whether it will be possible to make it all come true, but this Nurse Manager makes it look so easy. She has a passion that is contagious, involves others to make it happen. She is positive, affirming and others want to work with her to achieve success. This Nurse Manager truly exemplifies Authentic Leadership; she is deserving of this award and recognition."

Transformational Pioneer Award

Awardee Characteristics – Transformational Pioneer

This award is given to a highly respected leader with characteristics consisted with a professional trailblazer, such as:

  • Demonstrates exceptional skill at synthesis. Is able to connect and bring together seemingly disconnected points of view into a cohesive whole
  • Has skill in making the collective stronger than the individual
  • Demonstrates creativity and innovation in thought and in accomplishments
  • Is a creative, courageous, and resilient risk taker – has actively moved his/her organization/initiatives from “good enough” to better or excellent

Transformational Pioneer
Tammy Wilson
St Charles Medical Center

"Tammy Wilson makes me proud of the nursing profession. When our critical access hospital (CAH) decided to close the Family Birthing Center (FBC) due to our inability to meet the department’s minimum staffing requirement, we aggressively recruited for the right nurse leader. We looked at the unique needs of our CAH and the characteristics of the patients that we serve – a diverse ethnic population. We knew it would take a special type of nursing leader who has the experience, positive attitude, compassion, connection to our community, and ability to rebuild a team. Our candidate has all of these traits. She demonstrates servant leadership by listening generously and observing quietly. However, she speaks up boldly when advocating for our patients and staff. She displays wisdom in making thoughtful decisions."

Within seven months, our candidate was able to recruit a solid FBC staff starting with a core of only three registered nurses to a fully-staffed department of 17 registered nurses. She collaborated with the healthcare system leaders and physicians to rebuild her team according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) requirements. Due to her astute operational skills, she was able to maintain staffing of two RN’s per shift these past two years. With a keen eye for continuing education and professional development, our candidate developed a clinical rotation schedule for our FBC nurses in the other acute hospitals within the system. She also partnered with our local OB physicians to provide monthly drills and simulation to maintain the competency of our FBC staff."

"In fact, our candidate’s department scored the highest in all areas of the TeamSTEPPS (Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) survey evaluation throughout the health system. The caregivers have shared with me that one of the reasons why they love working at our hospital is because of nurse leaders like our candidate who truly cares for them. Most of her nurses live more than 30 miles from the hospital. However, they do not mind traveling because of the safe working condition and the excellent culture of the FBC department and the hospital in general."

"In the midst of developing the FBC department, our candidate accepted the interim management of the Medical-Surgical unit to cover for a nursing leader who was ill. During this time, our candidate was selected to be our champion in implementing tier huddles. After receiving basic training regarding safety tier huddles in Georgia, our candidate coached and mentored all the nursing and ancillary leaders at our hospital. Within a year, the safety tier huddles are consistently being held daily. The success of the project roll out was due to our candidate’s compassionate relationship with the leaders and a tenacious follow-through of the process."

"Our candidate has a rich heritage in Central Oregon. After obtaining her Associate Degree in Nursing in Bend, she became a staff nurse in the medical-surgical and obstetrics departments. She progressed to become a maternal child health nurse with a special focus on case management and home visits for prenatal clients and children from birth to 18 years of age at our nearby tribal communities. Furthermore, she was promoted as the community health services manager overseeing six community health programs including Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Maternal Child Health (MCH), Community Health Representatives, Community Wellness Center, and Physical Therapy. She was instrumental in basic grant writing in collaboration with the Indian Health Services’ Diabetes Program. She also managed the design and development of the Tribal mobile medical clinic along with the implementation of a new Tribal Youth Center. At the same time, she served as the Interim Health and Human Services General Manager for approximately a year where she managed all of the Health and Social Programs for the Tribes in addition to the Community Health Departments."

"Our candidate returned to the hospital setting and became the house supervisor and manager of the Family Birth Suites which included oversight of the long term care section of the hospital. She further progressed into an acute care nursing leader managing several departments such as Medical-Surgical unit, Swing Bed, and Obstetrics. At the same time, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing while working full-time in management. Seeing her success in leadership, our candidate was promoted to the Chief Nursing Officer role and was instrumental in implementing Releasing Time to Care (RT2C) utilizing lean tools to improve the nursing process. During her tenure as a CNO, she assisted the development of the Emergency Room Diversion project for the hospital. She also collaborated with the county commissioner to fund a part-time community health worker to case manage high-risk patients presenting to the Emergency Room. Afterwards, she sought employment at the nearby confederated tribes to assist in developing programs for the tribal members."

"Our candidate is also involved in the local community and served as a board member of several councils such as the Area Health Education, Joint Health Commission, Mental Health and Addictions, and Relay for Life. She loves her caregivers and patients as much as she loves her family."

Award for Leadership Excellence in a Frontline Nurse Clinician

Awardee Characteristics – Leadership Excellence in a Frontline Nurse Clinician

This award is given to a nurse clinician who displays leadership excellence and is:

  • Recognized by her/his peers, co-workers, patients, clients, and their families, as an excellent clinician, clinical educator, and clinical role model
  • Is an exemplar of the understanding of, and advancement of evidence based practice
  • Demonstrates creativity and innovation in thought and in accomplishments
  • Has demonstrated clinical leadership through his/her role modeling, and through the leadership of quality or patient safety initiatives, or through his/her leadership of clinical innovation projects or clinical research

Leadership Excellence in a Frontline Nurse Clinician
Marian Morris-Ervin
St. Charles Medical Center

"Marian Morris-Ervin is a pillar of our critical access hospital and the local community. She elevates the atmosphere of our working environment by consistently wearing a warm smile, an enthusiastic personality, and a bold “can-do” attitude. She always puts patients at the center of every decision regardless as to who might get upset. She is a brave advocate and a warrior for our patients. As a case manager of a very challenging population, her job is very difficult. However, she makes the job easier than it looks."

"Marian Morris-Ervin is very seasoned and well-traveled. Her career of 40 years in the nursing profession has taught her about the evolution of nursing. At first, nursing was perceived as a vocation or a technical job. However, through the years nursing has evolved into a profession with its own scientific foundation.
During the early years of her career, she developed the first home visiting nursing services in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She was moved by the lack of public health nursing in that country. The hospital where she worked provided care to a 28-week old infant until she was 11 months old. Upon discharge, Marian Morris-Ervin led the healthcare team in establishing a safety plan while considering the local culture. In collaboration with the family and her co-workers, Marian Morris-Ervin obtained funding from the hospital to establish home visitation and continuity of care for this premature child. Marian Morris-Ervin’s proudest moment was when the father of the child invited her and the hospital’s driver to visit the home’s prayer room. The father gave her a special golden plate as a token of gratitude. She knew then that her opportunities as a nurse to make a difference is endless!"

"Marian Morris-Ervin immigrated to Oregon and sought employment at our critical access hospital. Once again, she saw the need for a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse coordinator. She took the initiative of writing a grant and obtained full funding from the county. Through Marian Morris-Ervin’s efforts, three of our nurses obtained specialty training. Our hospital also renovated a SANE room with an examination table, camera, and other equipment necessary for this program.
Additionally, as a nurse trained in midwifery from Ireland, Marian Morris-Ervin designed our nursery and helped remodel our Family Birthing Center (FBC). Moreover, she developed the original FBC policies and procedures. She utilized her expertise in mother and child services by helping the hospital choose the appropriate equipment necessary to operate our FBC in the rural area."

"Marian Morris-Ervin loves to network with our local community. She volunteered at our county’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and conscientiously devoted her time as its board member for ten years. She assisted the Fire Department personnel with their re-certification process by teaching Obstetrics-related classes. In return, she is able to call on them to help relocate under-privileged patients to assisted living or other disposition."

"Finally, Marian Morris-Ervin’s nature is to always find a solution. This is what makes her very successful as a case manager. Her mantra is to identify places of safety for her patients. She is highly respected as an expert and a nursing professional throughout the healthcare system. Her message to the nurses: 'Always remember that you are a professional. Your role is to advocate for your patients. Finally, be a lifelong learner in order for you to deliver care up to the standard.'"

Award for Excellence in Healthcare or Nursing Advocacy

Awardee Characteristics – Excellence in Healthcare or Nursing Advocacy

This award was specifically created to recognize those nurse leaders who have had a significant impact on health policy and courage in addressing difficult and political issues. They demonstrate characteristics which include:

  • Ability to align others around a vision or cause and can be creative in his or her approaches
  • Skill in coalition building, promoting open communication and inclusiveness
  • Talent to connect and bring together seemingly disconnected points of view into a cohesive whole
  • Aptitude in making the collective stronger than the individual

Katie Eilers

Kitsap Public Health

Katie Eilers

Emerging Nurse Leader Award

Awardee Characteristics – Excellence in an Emerging Nurse Leader

This award is given to a nurse with less than five years of experience as a formal leader who:

  • Promotes open communication with those that s/he serves and is viewed as approachable and respectful of others
  • Demonstrates current and contemporary understanding of the requirements and dynamics at the point of care
  • Is able to generate enthusiasm for the creation of healthy work environments and for the achievement of excellence in professional practice and patient care
  • Sets an inspiring example

Tiffany Russell

Skagit Valley Hospital

Tiffany Russell

Andee Holman

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Andee Holman

Distinguished Career Award

Awardee Characteristics – Distinguished Career

This award was specifically created to honor those who chose to give of their time and talents to the profession through both their career path and through active volunteer service in professional organizations.

Frequently they are people who have influenced and mentored many, who have served in varied capacities across their profession and who have service beyond employment to the nursing community

Distinguished Career
Jane Hutcheson

Jane began her career as a servant leader and though retired, continues as a servant leader.

Jane’s philosophy, while unspoken, is helping others and making a difference in the world is what makes everything and everyone better. One person at a time, one day at a time, one project at a time. Through this philosophy she has made a difference that will leave a lasting impact.

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