Nursing at Community
2013 Nursing Excellence Awards winners
At Community Health Network, we take great pride in our highly-talented nursing workforce. Our nurses are key members of the team that we rely on to keep our promise of exceptional care, simply delivered. Each year we honor five outstanding Community nurses who embody the key characteristics of nursing excellence through our annual Nursing Excellence Awards. With so many worthy nominees, the selection process is never easy. The selection committee reads and scores every nomination based on specific criteria for each category. The strength of the nominations is a reflection of the high caliber and professionalism of nursing throughout our organization. This year 150 nominations were submitted on behalf of 106 outstanding Community nurses. We are proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Nursing Excellence awards:
- Facilitative Leadership: Marianna Schneider, M.S., RN-BC, Education Specialist, Clinical Education
- Art and Science of Nursing: Diane Doty, M.S., BSN, R.N., CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Evidence-Based Practice: Donna Dugan, BSN, R.N., CareConnect Clinical Facilitator
- Therapeutic Relationships: Tracey Fonacier, MSN, R.N., CareConnect Provider Instructional Designer
- Patient-Focused Care: Christy Gray, R.N., BSN, Critical Care Unit, Community Hospital East
These outstanding nurses were recognized at our annual Nursing Excellence Awards recognition banquet on Friday, November 15 at the Indianapolis Marriott North. Congratulations!
Ball State University, Community Health Network partner to create the Nursing Academy
For more information, see the program brochure and website.
Ball State University's School of Nursing is partnering with Community Health Network, one of the state's largest healthcare systems, to create the Nursing Academy, an accelerated degree program designed to increase the number of registered nurses in Indiana and apply innovative approaches to better prepare student nurses for their transition to professional practice.
The Nursing Academy offers a hybrid approach of learning through classes offered at Ball State, online and via video conferencing. Students also work at hospitals within Community Health Network, receiving on-the-job experience while being immersed in a clinical setting. The Community Health Network Foundation funded scholarships for the 24 students representing the academy's inaugural class.
Nursing careers at Community
Have you started to think about your nursing career? We have.
Community is ranked among the top 20 integrated healthcare networks in the nation, and our commitment to provide our patients with the best quality care begins with recruiting the brightest nurses and providing them with the learning opportunities and resources they need to launch their nursing career.
We also offer a wealth of continuing education opportunities for our nurses, including specialized nursing internships and institutes in areas such as OR nursing, orthopedics, neuroscience and obstetrics. Other continuing education and nursing training opportunities include new grad RN transition to residency program, certification review courses, the observation/shadowing program and the student extern program.