This has been an exciting year for Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt Nursing. Some of the highlights include: an overwhelming successful JCAHO visit, beginning our third Magnet designation journey, and we have chosen our next electronic health record system. None of which could have been accomplished without each of you and your teams. I am honored to continue supporting the tremendous work you do every day in our hospitals, clinics and research areas. Your work shapes how well we care for our patients and their families and visitors, and continues to define our organization’s culture and advances the professional practice of nursing for our community and society.
In recognition of your dedication and efforts, I encourage you to take time to nominate Vanderbilt nurses in a wide variety of categories as part of our annual Nurses Week award process that is already under-way.
Whether you have prepared a nomination before or this is your first time, the nomination forms have been designed and continually refined to make the online nomination process as convenient as possible. A Nursing Peer Committee thoroughly reviews each nomination and makes the final recommendations.
One of my favorite events each year is the annual Awards and Recognition event during Nurses Week in May. I am honored to celebrate with you and announce the award recipients. These nominations and awards shine a spotlight on the meaningful work our nurses are doing throughout our health system. This work inspires us all.
So, please take a few minutes and think about nominating someone in your work environment who you deserves to be recognized for his or her dedication. If you have any questions or need any with the nomination, please talk to your nursing leader.
Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Executive Chief Nursing Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center