In a week set aside to honor the value and contributions of nurses at hospitals across the Nation, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is thanking all of its nurses and nominating two for this year’s 2019 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.
Teresa Fuller, MSN, RN, and Melissa Powell, RN, BSN 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 20th 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.
“All of us at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital would like to give special thanks to our dedicated nurses during National Nurse’s Week. We congratulate Teresa and Melissa for their devotion and commitment to their profession and the patients they serve.” Said Dan McIntyre, Senior Vice President for HHC and President of the Northwest Region, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
Nominee Teresa Fuller, MSN, RN recently took on an administrative leadership role after many years touching the lives of patients as a caring and compassionate ICU nurse. In this new role she touches the lives and fosters the growth of other nurses at CHH by giving them a meaningful and powerful voice as an advocate for patient care. Her colleagues also note that shapes and inspires them to be better mentors, better leaders, and better people. Teresa has been with Charlotte since 2006. She received her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and MSN from the University of Harord.
Nominee Melissa Powell, RN, BSN, has worked in the CHH Emergency Department since 2012. She brings a profound love of her craft to each of her patients and
cultivates the growth of others within the department by being a mentor and preceptor, and recently a certified TNCC instructor to help strengthen the skills and abilities of other nurses who care for critically injured patients. Where others see sickness, Melissa sees opportunity to heal. Melissa has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Norwalk Community College and a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from University of Phoenix.
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.