March 16, 2015 –Patricia Beierle, an RN at Courtyard Care Center, and Britney Guccini, an RN at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center, both facilities of which are services provided by Family Health West, have been nominated for a Nightingale Award. They were selected by their clinical peers, supervisors, friends or family for the Western Colorado Nightingale Awards and attended the 28th annual banquet in Grand Junction on March 7 on the campus of Colorado Mesa University.
Patricia Beierle is the Nightingale Nominee from Courtyard Care Center, a division of FHW, where she works as the Assistant Director of Nursing. “Patricia demonstrates exceptional leadership skills by offering guidance, education and support to the staff,” said Family Health West Chief of Nursing, Lori Henderson, “She is capable of juggling a variety of assignments and manages difficult situations with finesse and professionalism.” One of Patricia’s areas of oversight is lead of the Wound Care Program for the Nursing Home. Under her guidance, the facility-acquired pressure ulcer rates have declined from 8.5% to 1.4%. Patricia’s colleagues speak of her as a “guiding light”, “a strong advocate for her residents” and a “kind and compassionate nurse”. Another states, “Residents and staff love Patricia and feel secure knowing that she is a leader on the nursing team of Courtyard Care Center.”
Britney Guccini is the Nightingale Nominee for Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center, a division of FHW. Britney is being honored for her contributions to the recent trauma designation obtained by the Hospital. Britney works as the Trauma Nurse Coordinator and is responsible for policy and procedure development and coordination of ongoing training and certification for the trauma designation. “In the months leading up to the trauma site review by the State, Britney was also a pivotal team member in guiding Emergency Department staff through the implementation of a new electronic medical record,” said Lori Henderson, “Britney is actively involved in the regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator Council and continues to help grow the trauma program and keep staff engaged.” One colleague wrote, “Britney is the consummate patient advocate. Others can learn from the example she sets. She is the role model that sets the bar for others to follow.”