Our nurses are recognized for their exceptional commitment to providing the right care at the right time based on clinical evidence. They work collaboratively with each other, the medical and hospital staffs, and patients and their families. This team approach affords them recognition on many levels:
Throughout the year, Mather Hospital recognizes those nurses who are exceptional examples of their profession. Among these recognitions is the Nurse of Excellence Award. The recipient of this honor is selected from a list of nominees submitted by their peers and supervisors. He/she is has consistently demonstrated his or her commitment to the highest standards of quality healthcare - strong nursing skills, hard work, intelligence and a deep sense of caring.
Hospital Recognition of the Contribution of Nurses
Throughout the year Mather Hospital recognizes the special commitment of our nursing staff and the nursing professional as a whole. Some of these initiatives include celebrations for National Certified Nurse Day and National Nursing Week. The hospital also features the contributions of a specific nurse through an annual advertising campaign.
Mather Hospital’s nurses are leaders not only within the hospital, but also out in the community. They are frequently called upon for their expertise and are generous in sharing their time and talents at health fairs, seminars and fundraising events.
Recently, Mather’s critical care nurses provided information and a blood pressure screening to visitors at the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber’s Health & Wellness Expo and Mather’s Cardiowise Café, a community educational event that is attended by nearly 400 residents.
Also, nurses in the Pre-Surgical Testing Unit banded together for a cupcake contest and sale that raised money for the Families Walk for Hope, an annual fundraiser benefitting the Fortunato Breast Health Center and breast cancer treatment.
Patient Recognition of Nursing Staff
Mather Hospital patients consistently recognize the kindness and professionalism of our nurses, through kind words shared in stories, letters and surveys. One example of that outstanding dedication follows:
Last year, a gentleman with advanced cancer arrived in the Infusion Center just prior to Christmas. During his treatment, the patient shared how his treatment prevented him from managing the “run around” tasks he needed to do that time of year. Although he realized that it would probably be the last Christmas he would spend with his wife, the gentlemen was too debilitated and weak to shop for her gift, leaving him deeply troubled.
Mary, the nurse who was providing his care, took the opportunity to learn more. She learned that the patient wanted to give his wife something that would represent his love for her. The nurse took the initiative and contacted a local jeweler, asking him to create a charm bracelet with charms that represented love. She assured the jeweler that even if the patient chose not to buy the bracelet, she would. She also contacted local restaurants asking them to set aside gift cards, wrapped and ready for pick up should the patient choose.
The nurse then told the patient that the gifts were ready and he picked them up on his way home. He was deeply grateful that he had something meaningful to give his wife on Christmas.