Every year, Alvarado Hospital honors nurses who have excelled over the last year through its Nursing Excellence awards. This year's 2013 Nursing Excellence award winners are Vicki Brandt, Nicole Boettcher and Anne Graheck.
VICKI BRANDT, RN, NURSING EXCELLENCE IN MENTORING
Operating room nurse Vicki Brandt was the recipient of the "Nursing Excellence in Mentoring" for her dedication and ability to provide excellent patient care in the OR while encouraging and mentoring her colleagues and newer nurses. Her colleagues describe her as professional, intelligent, committed, respectful, caring and team-oriented.
NICOLE BOETTCHER, RN, CLINICAL NURSING EXCELLENCE
The "Clinical Excellence in Nursing" award went to emergency department nurseNicole Boettcher. Boettcher continually takes on leadership responsibilities without being asked. Chris Tan, ER director, said, "It is an absolute honor to have someone like Nicole on our emergency team and be able to recognize her clinical skills."
ANNE GRAHECK, RN, FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE SERVICE EXCELLENCE
A new award, called the "Florence Nightingale Service Excellence" award went to Anne Graheck, who is a nursing leader in several clinical areas of the hospital. Her colleagues say that she epitomizes going above and beyond in the way she sees each patient interaction or case through from start to finish and is always sensitive to everyone's needs.
"Congratulations to these outstanding Alvarado nurses," said Alvarado Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Peggy Bailey.