Debra has been teaching and inspiring employees at CHH in a wide range of clinical areas for the past ten years as part of the hospital’s Center for Professional Development. She also conducts training sessions of the American Heart Association, participates in the orientation of new hospital staff, assists in educating hospital staff and maintaining their competency, assists with the facilitation of hospital career days that introduce middle and high school students to the healthcare field, and coordinates the clinical rotations of area college nursing students.
“This is a wonderful achievement and we are very proud to have Debra as part of our team of educators. The dedication and expertise she shares with her colleagues and students is evident in everything she accomplishes.” says Brian Mattiello, Vice President, Organizational Development.
Now in its 17th year, The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing Program was originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.
Debra especially enjoys her role providing assistance in preparation, guidance, and mentorship of students that are studying to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who are required to complete clinical practicums in the medical and surgical field. She was nominated for the award and also teaches at Quinnipiac University where she teaches students nursing knowledge and skills that are needed for delivering quality patient care in today’s ever changing healthcare environment. CHH and the University have a longstanding joint program where they partner in educating students who come to the hospital one day week for hands-on training.
“Debra is a most respected colleague who we continuously draw on for her expertise as a teacher and peer. She not only provides excellent educational and clinical support for students, but also for fellow faculty. I so appreciate the contributions from Debra to ensure best practice will be a part of our student’s professional lives.” stated colleague Rhea C. Sanford, PhD, RN, Co-Chairperson Undergraduate of the Quinnipiac University Nursing Program.
Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners may be nominated for recognition by their employers if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, scholarship and/or education. Nominees should have made a significant impact on patient care and/or the nursing profession; gone “beyond the call” in a clearly illustrated scenario; demonstrated excellence above what is normally expected; shown commitment to the community served in a way that is significantly above the norm; or achieved a life-long legacy in a particular arena.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving a twelve-town primary service area comprised of approximately 100,000 persons. The Hospital also serves as a regional health care resource for the residents of Litchfield County, situated in Northwestern Connecticut. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org
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PHOTO CAPTION: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Nursing Education Specialist Debra Fisher, MA, RN, CCRN, has recently received a 2017 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.