Nursing Recognition and Awards
At St. Vincent's HealthCare, there's no shortage of nurses who go above and beyond in their work. Still, some stand out head and shoulders above the rest. Those associates are applauded at St. Vincent's and honored by management and their peers.
Several recognition programs are in place to recognize outstanding nurses. Here are a few:
Carol Wilder Pitman Nursing Recognition Society
This organization was established to honor direct care nurses who exemplify St. Vincent's core values through providng compassionate nursing care. To be nominated for the society, nurses must practice patient care in the changing healthcare environment; lead by personal example with a positive spirit; consistently meet patient and family needs through integration of skills, knowledge, professionalism, compassion, and tenderness; and overcome challenges in a positive, caring, and nurturing attitude for the benefit of others.
Clinical Practice Development Program
This program, similar to an accreditation process, requires that experienced nurses involved in direct patient care apply and demonstrate their superior clinical skills to reach the level of Clinical Nurse III, Proficient Level, or Clinical IV, Expert Level, each year to receive special recognition and bonuses.
Service Excellence Awards & Service Excellence Legends
Though this program is not specific to nursing, it is one of the honors that nurses can receive through excellence in service at St. Vincent's. Service Excellence winners are associates who go above and beyond in everyday work by practicing St. Vincent's core values (Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity, and Dedication). Associates are nominated by patients, visitors, management, and peers. Of those winners, a handful are selected as Legends.