Monday, August 17, 2009

Loyola Neonatal Nurse Honored for Excellence in Care

National award granted to a Loyola nurse for third year in a row

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Nurses who care for the smallest and most vulnerable patients at Loyola University Health System (LUHS) have much to be proud of this year. One of their own was awarded the Robyn Main Excellence in Clinical Practice Award for the third year in a row. Barbara Hering, RNC, MSN, CCNS, received this honor from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. The annual award is given to a neonatal nurse who serves as a role model and best demonstrates excellence in patient care.

“I am humbled by this award and proud to accept it on behalf of one of the best neonatal intensive care units in the state,” Hering said. “I feel fortunate to be honored for something I love to do, particularly when so many of our other NICU nurses are deserving of this recognition.”

When she is not caring for patients, Hering spends countless hours on her days off researching and developing staff in-services, competencies, quality improvement projects and unit policies. She introduced the concept of evidence-based practice to her unit and has become her co-workers’ go-to resource for difficult patient cases.

“Barb represents the best in the profession,” said Elaine Trulis, RN, manager, neonatal intensive care unit, LUHS. “She has devoted her career to improving patient care and the profession of nursing. Our patients are fortunate to have such a driven and dedicated nurse at their bedside.”

Hering will receive the award at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses 25th Annual Educational Conference, which takes place Sept. 23-26, 2009, in Austin, Tex. She joins her colleagues Lisa Festle, RNC-NIC, MSN, CCNS; Jeanette Cronin, BSN, RNC; and Joan Townsend, BSN, RNC, as award winners in 2008, 2007 and 2000 respectively.

This award is given in honor of Robyn Main, MSN, RNC. Main was a staff developmental specialist and perinatal clinical nurse specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla. Her dedication to patients, families and neonatal nursing in spite of a battle with terminal cancer was a source of inspiration to her colleagues.

Award recipients are chosen through a blind review process of nominees from throughout the United States. The winner must possess knowledge of current clinical practices, demonstrate excellent communication skills and focus on family-centered care using an interdisciplinary approach. The winner also must be viewed as a leader by co-workers and management.

“Barb never ceases to amaze with her commitment to learning and teaching,” said Trulis. “Whether she is caring for our tiniest patients or educating parents and fellow nurses, her contributions are invaluable.”

Hering is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and the Academy of Neonatal Nurses (ANN). She also is an active board member to the local chapter of NANN where she coordinates educational programs for Chicago-area nurses. Hering received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Northern Illinois University and her master’s of science in nursing from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. She has worked as a neonatal unit nurse at LUHS since 1979.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.