Six nurses from South Carolina-based Providence Hospitals — every one the system nominated — were among the 100 nurses honored with the South Carolina Nurses Foundation's 2016 Palmetto Gold Nurse Awards.
Ebony Belton-Ashford, Cassandra Burch, Anne Grogan-Hanford, Dee Angela Hanna, Elizabeth Jones and Craig Smith will be presented with their awards May 12 at the Palmetto Gold Gala.
Belton-Ashford is clinical director of Providence's inpatient telemetry service line. She launched the system's Dare to Care Program to identify staff needs and make sure staff resources are in place. She also holds Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications and belongs to the American Nurses Association and the South Carolina Nurses Association.
Bunch is Providence's ADNA leader in research and practice. She was instrumental in the system's recent compliance improvement plan for documentation standards in pain management. She launced a magazine that spotlights Providence's night shift employees.
Grogan-Hanford is an active educator, researcher and clinician within the Providence system. She presents in health care classes and belongs to five national professional nursing organizations and was instrumental in a recent longitudinal review of hospital patient fall trends.
Hanna is Providence's unit educator. She is responsible for the system's recruitment and retention of quality nurses; Providence's one-year retention rate for nurses is 20 points above the national average. She penned a preceptor handbook for the system as well as daily guidelines for patient care.
Jones is active in the systen's patient safety programs, concentrating on acquired hospital ulcers and Foley management. She acts as a mentor for local nursing students and conducts wound care and ostomy clinics.
Smith was behind a monthly education program on foundational health care topics. He conducts evaluations of the workflow of clinical nurse areas and developed LEAN processes as well as best practices standards. He mentors nursing students and graduate students and also helps organizations and colleges with skills fairs and simulation exercises.