Nursing Week is upon us, and there is much to celebrate at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) this year, including the recent announcements by the Toronto Star and Hospital News that TSH nursing staff have been nominated for awards recognizing them for their skills and dedication to their patients.
The hospital is proud to share that three registered nurses at TSH were nominated for the Toronto Star’s 14th annual Nightingale Awards: Avelina Butean, Carlene McLean, and Laura Tindall. The Toronto Star presents the Nightingale Award each year to a nurse for their skill, dedication, and excellence in the workplace. This year, 230 nurses were nominated by patients, colleagues, and students across Ontario.
In addition, Kirstin Anderson, a registered practical nurse, and Meredith DePaulsen, a patient care manager, were each recently recognized with a Hospital News Nursing Hero Award nomination. These awards highlight the many ways in which nurses are making a difference, and more than 100 nominations were received this year.
“Congratulations to Avelina, Carlene, Laura, Kirstin, and Meredith. These nominations are well-deserved,” says Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, Vice-President of Interprofessional Practice and Chief Nursing Executive, TSH. “Happy Nursing Week, and thank you to all of our nurses at The Scarborough Hospital, for your selfless dedication to your roles, and for always striving to do the best for your patients. Each of you is integral to the hospital achieving its mission of providing an outstanding care experience that meets the unique needs of each and every patient.”
This week, the hospital is also officially celebrating its new Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) candidacy from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). TSH is the first hospital in the Central East Local Health Integration Network to achieve this, and is poised to become officially designated as a BPSO in 2018, upon successful completion of this three-year candidacy.
BPSOs are health care and academic organizations selected by RNAO to implement and evaluate its internationally acclaimed best practice guidelines (BPGs). Evidence from these BPGs will be incorporated into standards of practice, policies and protocols across the various professions at TSH. For more information, visit http://www.tsh.to/welcome/best-practice-spotlight-organization/.