The March of Dimes annually awards Nurse of the Year in seventeen key disciplines to recognize exceptional nurses. These awards are derived from a highly competitive process that requires nurses to go through a comprehensive state-wide nominating and selection process. Chippenham & Johnston-Willis was fortunate to have 3 of the 17 winners come from our hospitals. I asked the leaders of our winning nurses to share more about these exceptional women. Here is what they wrote:
Critical Care Nurse of the Year: Emily Mochan, RN
Emily is the Director of Cardiovascular ICU, Cardiovascular Step Down, and Interventional Cardiology Care Unit. Emily has been an employee at Chippenham Hospital for 4 years and has served in various roles: Central Resource Pool RN, Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Educator, Clinical Coordinator, and her current role of Nurse Director. In all roles, Emily consistently looks for innovative ways to transform the care of bedside clinical practice. Emily was instrumental in creating Chippenham’s LVAD program by forming a multidisciplinary team and numerous evidenced-based clinical guidelines to care for that high risk patient population. In Emily’s current role as the Director, she helped improve the outcomes of cardiac surgery patients by focusing on earlier extubation and a more collaborative coordination of care with nursing, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, and the Cardiac surgeons. Through this achievement, Chippenham has been recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgery as a Top Performer in ventilator outcomes. In addition, Emily was recognized just recently by the HCA Division Office for partnering with Henrico Doctors’ to drive this performance improvement across the market. Emily is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Organization for Nurse Executives (AONE). Emily’s compassion and innovative approach to patient care makes her an invaluable member of our team.
Behavioral Health Nurse of the Year: Kim Wilson, RN
Kim is the Director of Clinical Services, Tucker Intake with extensive clinical and managerial experience in the field of Behavioral Health. Kim’s advocacy for the patients, families, employees and community is second to none. Kim serves on the Chesterfield Crises Intervention Training subcommittee team and serves as host site at Chippenham Hospital. Kim offers partnership to National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI) Virginia which facilitates impactful programs at Tucker. Kim is also active with Family Advocacy Creative Education and Services (FACES), a local non- profit family support and education advocacy network. Kim sits on the Virginia Hospital & Health Association Behavioral Health’s state subcommittee for the 2014 Bed Registry and the Local Inpatient Purchase of Services task force. Kim’s leadership was instrumental in the implementation of the Crises Triage Center which opened in October 2013 at Chippenham’s Emergency Room. In this implementation, Kim partnered with Chesterfield Community Services Board , Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, local magistrates, police, and dignitaries to open the first multijurisdictional triage center in the Commonwealth. As a result of this work, Kim was awarded the Chesterfield Community Services Board service partnership award in 2013, along with Betsy Blair and Rich Shelton who also provided leadership for CTC implementation. Kim achieved certification in Mental Health First Aid in 2013. Above all competencies and expertise, the distinguishing quality that sets Kim apart is her absolute compassion for people who are impacted by mental disorders, whether that is the patient, their families, the physician, community advocacy groups, or her employees. Kim stops at nothing to get people connected to the services they need whether that is due to a crisis or a life- long chronic recovery journey.
Pediatric Nurse of the Year, Lori Stump, RN
Lori Stump has been an active member of Chippenham Hospital’s Pediatric Department since 1995. Lori has a passion for her patients and their families, staff education, and evidence-based process improvements. Lori’s dedication to the PICU and Pediatric floor is evident in her projects; Lori leads the annual Pediatric Skills Fair, chairs the Pediatric Nurse Practice Council, and is an active member of the hospital-based Shared Governance Professional Practice Council for the greater Richmond area. Lori’s desire to advance practice at the bedside inspires many; she has been recognized the last two years as a nominee for March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, winning the title this year. Lori makes it a point to do the right thing for the patients and encourages others to do the same. Lori works with colleagues to provide education to families, Pediatric staff, and the community and evidence-based practice in our Pediatric policies. Lori has provided several lectures on pediatric critical care to pediatric ED staff, EMS providers, and even traveled to Hampton Roads to speak at the Tidewater Emergency Medical System Conference. It is Lori’s goal to continue to work at the bedside and care for pediatric patients and their families; she will continue to be an informal leader on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric floors as a Clinician 5 (the highest level) as she helps us strive for excellence.
Congratulations, Emily, Lori and Kim. We are all very proud of your accomplishment and more importantly proud to have you on our exceptional clinical team.