TORRINGTON, Conn. (May 7, 2018) In a week set aside to honor the value and contributions of nurses at hospitals across the Nation, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is thanking all of its nurses and nominating two for this year’s 2018 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.
CHH Intensive Care Unit Nurse Aislinn MacMaster, RN, and Nursing Educator Christine Caraballo, RN, will attend the annual Nightingale event, 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. Now in its 18th year, 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.
Aislinn MacMaster was born at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and graduated from Tufts University with a BA in English after which she pursued a business career in NYC. She was inspired while visiting her father in a local hospital ICU unit where she met a smart, strong and caring nurse and decided it was time for a career change. Aislinn completed an accelerated nursing program at Quinnipiac University, and is now a Charlotte Hungerford Hospital ICU nurse at the community hospital where her dad began his career as a doctor.
Christine Caraballo has a BSN from Saint Joseph College and is currently enrolled for her Masters in Nursing Education. She has a background in cardiac telemetry, nursing supervision, emergency room nursing and nursing education. Christine became involved with the EMSC (Emergency medical Services For Children) and the National Pediatric Readiness Project two years ago to address national deficiencies in the quality of emergent pediatric care in emergency departments. Christine has been a nurse for 18 years and is currently working full time at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in nursing education and per diem as an emergency room nurse.
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.
“This is a wonderful achievement and we are very proud to have nominees Aislinn and Christine represent our hospital at the Nightingale Awards. Their dedication and expertise, and the commitment of all of our nurses to quality patient care and safety is a great sense of pride for all of us.” Says Teresa Fuller, MSN, RN, Administrative Director, Nursing and Pharmacy Services at CHH.