WCGH nurses win excellence awards

May 14, 2014
Rebecca Slaughter RN, the 2014 Nurse Excellence award winner with her sons, Zeke and Eli.

An Intensive Care Unit charge nurse and a CNA from the Women and Infants Healthcare Unit at Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) were honored May 6 with the 2014 Nurse and CNA Excellence Awards. The Nurse Excellence Award was won by Rebecca (Becky) Slaughter RN, who has been at WCGH since September 2008 while Paige Emerson CNA, who recently finished her second year at WCGH, was named the 2014 CNA Excellence Award winner.

In announcing the 2014 Nurse Excellence Award winner, Chief Nursing Officer Heather Quesnel RN, said of Slaughter: "[She] was nominated by a peer who said: 'she is a calm, confident caregiver who enables patients and their families to become calmer and less frightened. She is able to teach patients and families, at their level of understanding, the things they need to know and to do to facilitate their plan of care and make their hospital stay a positive experience. She treats all patients and peers with respect and maintains the Waldo County culture of BEST.'”

Nominated by several of her co-workers, Slaughter was described as someone who frequently volunteers for committees, teaches classes and is always ready to help a fellow nurse.

A co-worker wrote: “As charge nurse in ICU, Becky has always shown the utmost respect for patients and their families. If there are four patients in ICU, she is constantly award of what is going on with all the patients. Becky has had to work with very challenging patients in ICU and she treats everyone with equal respect regarding their care, safety and dignity.”

Another colleague wrote: “Becky exemplifies the saying ‘lead by example.’ She is patient, kind and knowledgeable. She is willing to share her knowledge and is inclusive towards her co-workers.” And another said, “She will advocate for patients.”

In making the announcement of the CNA Excellence Award winner, Quesnel said Emerson had been described as “a bright, thoughtful, caring and hardworking CNA. She goes beyond her expected duties and is always looking for projects to do when the unit census is low. She is going to school full time to become an RN and seems to be fully committed to this goal. She will make a great RN someday!”

A co-worker wrote: “Paige is well organized, anticipates what’s needed and is a team player. She is articulate and professional yet very engaging and smart. The details matter for Paige, so she’s intuitively committed to patient safety and family centered care. Paige will be a great nurse.”

The other nominees for the 2014 Nurse Excellence Award were Kim Blanchard, Frankie Gillett, Kitty Higgins, Chelsea Howard, Denise Lindahl and Marilyn Knowlton. The other nominees for the CNA award were Janice Boetsch and Misty Moulton. These nominees were recognized by their co-workers as outstanding in their field.

The criteria for the awards are: demonstration of leadership at the bedside; commitment to professional development; and dedication to high quality, safe patient and family-centered care.

This is the third year that Waldo County General Hospital has awarded the Nurse and CNA Excellence Awards. Previous winners include Carol Knight LPN, Sandra Weagle RN, Cheryl Lucas CNA and Taylor Garcelon CNA.

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