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2012 Nursing Award Winners Named

Kharma Flackmiller, RN

Centerpoint Medical Center is proud to announce the recipient of the Suzanne McGrath Spirit of Nursing Award and the 2012 Nurse’s Week RN Clinical Excellence Award.

Kharma Flackmiller, RN, a staff nurse on the hospital’s 5th Floor/Telemetry Unit was named as the Suzanne McGrath Spirit of Nursing Award recipient. Flackmiller received this recognition for her compassion and the care she gives her patients.

“When I watch her interact with the staff on the 5th floor, there is no better charge RN to have,” says a nominator. “She takes care of the new graduate nurses as if they were her own children and eases their fears and builds the confidence they need at the bedside to make them great RNs.”

Nominators added she “hits every obstacle that is thrown at her each day with a smile and super RN strength to insure the unit runs smoothly.” In addition, nominators said she is always able to calm challenging patients. “She is an asset to Centerpoint Medical Center, the 5th floor and the nursing profession. We are blessed not only to call her a co-worker, but a friend,” said a nominator.

The Suzanne McGrath Spirit of Nursing Award is awarded annually to a Centerpoint nurse who embodies the spirit of professional nursing. The award is in memory of Suzanne McGrath, a registered nurse from 1977 until her death in January 1999. McGrath represented the heart and soul of professional nursing and was passionate about being a nurse.

Cheryl Long, RN, a staff nurse in the Surgery Department and member of the hospital’s Open Heart Team was named as the recipient of the 2012 Nurse’s Week RN Clinical Excellence Award. Long was selected by Centerpoint’s Medical Staff to receive this award for her clinical expertise, insight and compassionate care.

Cheryl Long, RN“Cheryl is professional, well-organized and efficient,” said a nominator. “She is the ‘point person’ for all members of the Open Heart Team. She has a natural and endearing way of interacting with our cardiothoracic surgery patients. She can make patients and families, who are often quite tense and anxious, feel quite comfortable and at ease,” a nominator added.

Nominators also noted Long’s dedication to training nurses in the department. “Cheryl’s competent care of the most challenging patients draws other staff members to seek her out as a resource and has distinguished her as an outstanding nurse among the OR staff. She has served as a preceptor training other members of the Open Heart Team. We are lucky to have her as part of the Open Heart Team and Cheryl is a standout RN for Centerpoint Medical Center,” a nominator said.

Nominations for this award must be given by a member of the Centerpoint Medical Staff. This award is given to a registered nurse who is recognized as an expert clinician who demonstrates insight and compassion, as well as the ability to share his or her expertise with patients, families, and colleagues. The recipient’s care of patients must be patient and family centered, and he or she should demonstrate such exemplary practice as to merit recognition.

Photos (left to right): 1. Adrienne Petrini, RN, Centerpoint Shared Governance; Kharma Flackmiller, RN, recipient of the Suzanne McGrath Spirit of Nursing Award; Lynn Barrett, RN, CNO; and Carolyn Caldwell, CEO. 2. Terry Gallion, MD, Centerpoint Medical Center cardio-thoracic surgeon; Cheryl Long, RN, recipient of the 2012 Nurse’s Week RN Clinical Excellence Award; Elaine Eyerman, RN, Director, Surgical Services; Lynn Barrett, CEO; Carolyn Caldwell, CEO; and Christopher Sullivan, MD, CMO.

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