Recognizing Nursing Excellence at WRH!

Nurses at Windsor Regional Hospital and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare were honoured last Wednesday at a special ceremony to recognize nursing excellence and continuing education efforts.


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Congratulations to our two Daisy Award winners, both nominated by patients who submitted heart-warming stories about compassionate patient care.

Shady Sleiman, an RPN from 6W-Surgery at Ouellette campus, was nominated by the sister of a patient who received major surgery. She said Shady “not only made my brother more comfortable prior to his major surgery but he also provided support to my entire family ... When my brother needed anything at all, Shady was there for him … a true definition of a nurse that goes above and beyond for each of his clients.”

Stacey Sorrentino, an RN from the NICU at Met, was nominated by Nicole and Andrew Crozier, who wanted to recognize Stacey for the wonderful care and comfort she provided to their family after some challenges with newborn baby Landon. “There isn’t just one time that Stacey stood out to us that we can write about. It was every interaction,” Nicole wrote. “She was an advocate for Landon, and she cared about both my husband and me. Stacey was by far the most caring, compassionate nurse that we came across on our journey.”

Jeanne Mance Extraordinary Nursing Care Awards, which go to a nurse who continually goes above and beyond to provide compassionate and professional care to patients and exemplifies teamwork, compassion, stewardship and respect, were given to Lisa Gawdunyk, an RN at the Met ED, and Shannon Siwek, an RPN from the 8th floor at Ouellette. Both recipients received multiple nominations from their colleagues!

Of Lisa’s many nominations, here’s a sample from fellow RN Laurie Beneteau: “This individual exemplifies nursing in every aspect … She is friendly, approachable, endearing, empathetic, with a ready ear and shoulder. A problem solver … the impossible can be made possible and she is a Nurse not for recognition but for the love of the job.”

Among the comments about Shannon was this one from RPN Mary Ryan: “I feel a need to nominate this nurse based on being witness to her extraordinary dedication to patient care and needs … Her patients are immaculately taken care of, their medical needs are completely addressed without missing a thing as well as she also makes sure that their mobility is taken care of as she ambulates them everyday … She also is always available to help others if needed. I have to say she is a great team player ... I strongly feel that she is well deserving of this award.”

Two WRH RNs were also named as recipients of the annual Lori Dupont bursary: Amy Lynn of the Cancer Centre, who is seeking certification by the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and Kaitlyn Mazzanti of the Met ED, who is pursuing a Master’s Degree from the University of Windsor towards her goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Winners from HDGH who were also recognized at last week’s event were: for Jeanne Mance awards, Kim O’Keefe, RPN, Inpatient Rehab, and Jillian Grant, RN. CMC; and for Lori Dupont bursaries, Jo-Dee Brown, RN, Virtual Care Coordination Team and Valeriya Pavlova, RN, CMC.

Congratulations to all of our excellent RNs and RPNs across Windsor’s hospital system!