When you visit Oak Hill Hospital, you’ll see our nurses working in every department. One may be taking a patient’s medical history, while another may be talking to a concerned family. They care for cancer, cardiology and stroke patients, people recovering from surgery, pediatric patients, and many, many more. No matter what they are doing, you can rest assured that protecting their patients’ health is our nurses’ top priority. (Left: some of our nurses on Nurses Day 2011.)
At Oak Hill Hospital, 100 percent of our ER nurses are board certified in emergency nursing. As Tracy Swetokos, RN, MSN, CEN, CPEN, the Emergency Care Center’s Clinical Coordinator, explains, “We feel this exam demonstrates the basic core knowledge needed for emergency nurses to competently care for patients. It evaluates the ability to analyze information and intervene appropriately, improving patient outcomes and preventing complications and adverse events. Although we are one of only a couple ERs in the country to require this exam, we felt that we owed our community to provide the most qualified, competent nurses to give care. It also demonstrates a commitment to the profession—our nurses are ER nurses because they want to provide high-quality care and work hard to stay current on the latest practices and research to maintain that certification.”
In addition, in 2011 Oak Hill Hospital was proud to be honored with the Lantern Award (right). This award is given by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) to recognize excellence in emergency nursing. As stated on the ENA website, “The Lantern Award recognizes emergency departments that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.” Oak Hill Hospital was one of only 20 hospitals across the nation to receive this award—and the only recipient in the state of Florida.
Throughout our hospital, our nurses practice different specialties and come from many different medical backgrounds. They are successful because they are highly trained and qualified, as well as caring and compassionate. What else makes them so special? “Teamwork. Our staff are committed to quality care, work well to support each other especially when things get crazy busy, and demand high performance from their coworkers. They support each other’s efforts at ongoing development and truly embrace new nurses. They enjoy mentoring new nursing students and medics, and the students love working with our team.”
At Oak Hill Hospital, we know that being sick or having surgery is a stressful time for both patients and their families. Our nurses work hard every day to assist in patients’ recovery, answer questions and calm nerves, offer good advice, and help people get back to the lives they love. When you have a medical need, you can count on the nurses of Oak Hill Hospital to be with you every step of the way.