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Cleveland Clinic Nurses Receive Honors from Oncology Nursing Society&American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses

May 16, 2011

Three Cleveland Clinic oncology nurses from Taussig Cancer Institute recently received awards from the Oncology Nursing Society, and the Clinic’s Assistant Director for the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Same Day Surgery won a Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism award from the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses.

Ruth Fritskey, RN, MSN, AOCN, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, who has worked at Cleveland Clinic for 22 years, was awarded the Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Patient/Public Education Award. This award recognizes oncology nurses who are involved in offering creative public or patient education. Each candidate must be a registered nurse, active ONS member, and have a minimum of two years experience in oncology nursing. Each candidate is scored on how well they establish positive teacher-learner relationships, create a network to sustain health-promoting behaviors, serve as a role model for other nurses, and create strategies and presentation techniques to implement their programs.

Diana Karius, RN, MS, ACON, received the Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award. The award is presented to an individual who supports excellence in cancer nursing education. To be nominated for the award the candidate must be a registered professional nurse and active member of ONS, have a minimum of two years experience in oncology education and be an educator who is a recognized expert in cancer education because of his or her contributions to cancer education. The award is in memory of Dr. Mary Nowotny, a cancer education advocate, and author of articles measuring the significance of hope in patients with cancer. Karius has worked at Cleveland Clinic for 11 years.

Barb Tripp, MSN, RN, CNS, AOCN, received the Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Medical Oncology award. This award recognizes and supports excellence of nurses who contribute to medical oncology. Each candidate must be a registered professional nurse and active member of ONS. They must be recognized as an expert in the field of medical oncology through publications, presentations, research and peer review. They must also be seen as a role model for other nurses to look up to through significant contributions to medical oncology. Tripp has worked at Cleveland Clinic for 30 years.

Lori DeWitt, RN, MSN, CAPA, CPAN, the Assistant Director for the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and Same Day Surgery (SDS), recently received a Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism award from the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. DeWitt wrote a research article titled “Preferences for Visitation in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.” The article was printed in the October 2010 edition of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Her research showed there are preferences based on visitor type in the PACU. Selection for the award is based on journalistic style, originality, clarity of expression, relevance of content to specialty, and overall contribution to the collection of published nursing knowledge. DeWitt has worked at Cleveland Clinic for 27 years.

About Cleveland Clinic Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence

The Zielony Nursing Institute, one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic, includes more than 11,000 nurses, about 850 of whom are advanced practice nurses. All collaborate to provide high-quality patient care on specialty-based nursing units within inpatient, outpatient and operating room settings at more than a dozen locations in Northeast Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada and Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic hospitals strive for Magnet status (the highest recognition of excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center). Main campus was re-designated in 2008 and Fairview Hospital received its designation in 2009. Visit the Zielony Institute at www..clevelandclinic.org/nursing

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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