Thursday, May 8, 2014
Waccamaw Community Hospital celebrated its nurses and gaining a Pathway to Excellence award Monday, the first day of National Nurses Week.
Pam Maxwell, the hospital’s vice president of operations, led the cheers from the gathered nurses, doctors, board of directors and the public, as she lauded the nursing staff for “practicing nursing from the heart, establish trust and make a lasting impact on our community.”
The celebration was followed by the Blessing of Hands. Kirby Winstead, the chaplain of palliative care, anointed the hands of the nurses and doctors gathered on the peace bridge.
The renewable award, presented by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a division of the American Nurses Association, has been given to 114 hospitals nationwide and three in South Carolina.
H. McCoy Skipper Jr., chairman of the board of trustees, told the nurses to “congratulate yourselves. You did this,” he said.
The self-nominating award recognizes achievement in 12 areas and 92 elements of performance that were submitted to the accrediting agency.
Among the areas are: nurses control the practice of nursing; a safe and healthy work environment; systems in place to address patient care and practice concerns; and orientation prepares a nurse for the environment the nurse works in.
Other areas include the chief nursing officer is qualified and participates at all levels of the organization; professional development; equitable compensation; and the recognition of nurses for their achievement.
Also considered are a balanced lifestyle, collaborative relationship; competent nurse managers and quality programs and “evidence-based practices.”
“This is not the end of the journey,” said Sandra Raynes, Waccamaw Hospital’s nursing operations director.
“But it’s a respite. A time to stop, to catch our breath and to celebrate. So let’s celebrate.”