Lawrenceville, GA—The work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12 throughout the United States.
Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, registered nurses in Gwinnett County will be honored by a gala dinner, prizes, a visit by Commissioner Green, an official county resolution signed by Chairman Bannister and the Board, other events?.
During the gala dinner two nurses, one from GMC’s flagship campus and the other from Duluth, were selected as Nurse of the Year winners. These nurses exemplified the high quality standards of GMC and were nominated by their peers for their work performance, patient care and involvement in the hospital. Stephanie Moore, RN, ICU, is the Nurse of the Year recipient for the flagship campus in Lawrenceville, and Tina Foxworth, RN, ICU, is the Nurse of the year recipient for GMC–Duluth.
Stephanie has been at GMC since 1998, working as a staff nurse and shift supervisor in the Intensive Care Unit. She recently went back to nursing school to get her masters as a nurse practitioner. Her involvement around campus includes serving as committee chair for the multi-disciplinary trauma care committee, co-chair for the injury prevention committee, pain committee member, clinical practice committee for ICU and also participates in community service projects for hospital patients and families.
“Stephanie is a role model for nurses because of her dedication and commitment to excellence in patient care,“ said Joanne Culvern, ICU clinical manager. “She is a leader and a mentor and she promotes enthusiasm for the nursing profession.”
GMC-D Nurse of the Year, Tina Foxworth, grew up locally in Gwinnett County and started as an LPN in 1989 on the medical surgical unit at Joan Glancy. A few years later she returned to school and became an RN. Tina then transferred out of the medical surgical unit to the Intensive Care and Intermediate care area in 2004. She serves as a preceptor for new nurses and as a charge nurse for the unit. She has been very involved in the hospital system as a whole such as training peers for unit based education projects and filling in as house supervisor.
“Tina is customer service oriented. She is dedicated to her profession and her patients and is a patient advocate,” said ICU day shift supervisor, Doris Powell.
Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.
About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing high quality facilities and services to Gwinnett and the surrounding community. With over 4,300 employees and 800 physicians, the GMC provided care in 2007 to over 400,000 patients. In 2007, Gwinnett Medical Center launched Project PATH—to plan, advance and transform healthcare in Gwinnett County.