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Advocate Condell announces 2012 Nursing Award winners

Advocate Condell named six Nursing Award recipients during this year's annual Nurses Week.

During this year’s National Nurses Week, Advocate Condell recognized six members of its nursing staff for their outstanding work that is reflected in Advocate’s core values of Excellence, Compassion, Stewardship, Partnership and Equality. 

“We are so proud of all of our nurses, and love to celebrate them during Nurses Week,” said Mary Hillard, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Advocate Condell. “These six nurses embody our core values, and really raised the bar personally and professionally in this past year.”

Forty-four nurses were nominated for the annual awards, and six were selected. The six nurses honored at this year’s ceremony were:  

  • Nursing Award for Excellence: Brittany Schulz, Nurse Clinician III, Special Care Nursery. The Buffalo Grove resident was described as “an astute and skilled clinician in the Special Care Nursery,” Schulz’s patient care is clinically excellent and her ability to work with families during their child’s illness was praised as “nothing less than outstanding.” 
  • Nursing Award for Compassion: Jennifer Darner, Nurse Clinician III, Obstetrics. The Antioch resident was lauded as a dedicated, compassionate nurse, Darner received the award for Compassion because “patients love her and there is not one nurse on this unit who doesn’t benefit from having her as a resource and partner in caring for our patients.”
  • Nursing Award for Stewardship: Sue Storto, Clinical Educator. Storto is responsible for orienting new nurses, and was praised as “never misses an opportunity to make new nurses feel welcomed to Condell, whether it is by bringing in snacks for the new hires, or by greeting each lecturer or presenter with enthusiasm.”
  • Nursing Award for Partnership: There were two winners for the Partnership Award this year. The first was Jan Beauchamp, Nurse Clinician III, Pre-/Post-Surgery. Beauchamp was praised for maintaining “a calm, professional, and compassionate demeanor with management, staff, doctors and patients. The second award-winner was Jennifer Jensen, Nurse Clinician II. Jensen was lauded for having “the absolute most respect for her peers, patients, and their family members.” Jensen’s collaboration with her peers, physicians, patients, and their families was praised as “professional and respectful.”
  • Nursing Award for Equality: Jessica Janowiak, Nurse Clinician II, Oncology. The Volo resident was praised for having the respect of her peers because “she treats all of her patients and co-workers equally.”

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