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SMH Nurses Named Best in Recruitment & Retention

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Apr/27/2009

Nurses TeamADVANCE for Nurses newsmagazine announced the Nurse Residency Unit at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has been named Best in Recruitment and Retention for the state of Florida. The hospital earned the special designation as part of the magazine’s annual Best Nursing Team Contest.

ADVANCE presented the award to recognize the initiative of special nursing teams during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

Sarasota Memorial’s Nurse Residency Unit is a medical/surgical care unit where some of the hospital’s most experienced nurses (preceptors) help train newly graduated nurses during their first year of employment at Sarasota Memorial.

“It’s been a win-win situation for our nurses and our patients,” said Jan Mauck, Chief Nursing Officer at Sarasota Memorial “Patients recovering on this special nursing floor benefit from having an extra nurse assigned to their care. And our new nurses have the support and guidance from a seasoned RN with years of experience as they learn the ropes of a new organization and apply their nursing skills within our established standards and practices.”

Sarasota Memorial’s nurses are featured in today’s issue ADVANCE for Nurses, a group of bi-weekly magazines that reaches RNs in Florida and 9 other regions in the United States. The nursing awards are also featured online at www.advanceweb.com/nurses under the Community tab.

“Nurses work hard for their patients, their facility and their co-workers. By celebrating the nursing teams who read our magazines, we aim to do our part in honoring the everyday heroes who keep our nation healthy and safe,” said Linda Jones, editorial director of ADVANCE for Nurses. “We stand behind our mission to recognize their diligence and commitment to providing the best possible care.”

From photo above:
Left to right: Jean Lucas, Director: Tiffany Appleby, RN; Carol Greenwood-Erickson, RN; Carly Koelsch, RN; Sylvia Butcher, RN; Kate Maziarka, RN; Emily Garrison, RN, Karen Rinehart, RN; Jamille Byrd, Clinical Manager; Sierra Tomlinson, Business Manager; Claudia Repass, RN; Karen Reynolds, Advanced Practice Nurse; April Huddleston, RN; Pam Jackson, RN; Marianne Adoryan, Clinical Educator

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional medical center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services. It is the only health care provider in the region ranked among U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals,” recognized among “America’s Safest Hospitals” by Forbes.com and awarded Magnet designation – the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing.

Date Published: April 27, 2009

Media Contact: Kim Savage
Phone: (941) 917-6271

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