Northern Light Mayo Hospital employees recognized for nursing excellence
Northern Light Mayo Hospital honored a nurse and a certified nursing assistant for excellence in care on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The May 12 recognition was part of several activities held to celebrate staff during National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week.
The Nursing Excellence Award is a public commendation given to a staff nurse who demonstrates exemplary clinical expertise, commitment to Northern Light Mayo Hospital, and continued professional development. This year’s recipient is Vickie Clement, RN
, an operating room nurse who has worked at Mayo Hospital for 36 years. A leader among her peers, Vickie is respected as a caring, compassionate, trustworthy nurse who has a strong work ethic and conducts herself with integrity.
“Vickie never misses a beat when it comes to making sure her patients are prepared for surgery. She cares about her community, her patients, and her team and always moves forward with the highest of integrity. Her patients and their families appreciate her care and compassion and say that she shows them the utmost respect, much like a family member,” says Denise Scuderi, BSN, RN, vice president of patient care services, Mayo Hospital.
The Certified Nursing Assistant Excellence Award is a new recognition given to a CNA who demonstrates exemplary patient care and teamwork and a strong commitment to nursing services at Mayo Hospital. Kelly Cooper, CNA
, this year’s award winner, has been a CNA for more than 10 years and currently works on the Medical/Surgical Unit. She is known for being thorough and thoughtful with her care, and never says no to helping with whatever is needed and doing what is best for her patients.
“Kelly was described by a co-worker as ‘The best CNA that has ever and will ever work at Mayo.’ She always keeps her patients clean, turned, and toileted. Her peers feel that she is an invaluable member of the night shift team who always strives to go above and beyond,” adds Scuderi.
Nominations for both awards were submitted by employees. Mayo Hospital congratulates Vickie, Kelly, and every staff member who was nominated for an award.