Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Annual Eileen Austin Neal Spirit of Nursing Award

At its annual breakfast celebrating National Nurses’ Week, Springfield Medical Care Systems recently awarded Marcia Manner, RN, CDE, the 2018 Eileen Austin Neal Spirit of Nursing Award.

Nominated by Sheri Foster, RN, with a second nomination by JoAnne Bohen and Priscilla Arnold, Manner's nominations state: “Marcia loves her profession dearly along with all the people she has and continues to care for. Nursing has been her life’s work. Marcia takes special care of her patients; she listens with compassion and offers nursing advice. She has a way of outlining the pros and cons of a situation that allows patients to make a better choice when it comes to their care. In June 2018, Marcia will have worked as a nurse at Springfield Hospital for 50 years. Coming to Springfield Hospital after completing nursing school, Marcia has worked in a variety of nursing roles, including Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care, as a Diabetic Educator, and at the Adult Day Care Service, where she continues to work. Marcia is a team player and works closely with her nursing peers and other LNA staff to help ensure all of our patients are cared for.”

The Eileen Austin Neal Spirit of Nursing Award was created in 2004 to honor all SMCS nurses. Eileen Neal, RN, worked at Springfield Hospital for 65 years. She was in her 80s when she retired. Criteria for the award includes communication, care for patients, nursing professionalism, and teamwork. Nominations are accepted from throughout the organization, and reviewed and voted on by a committee that includes the previous year’s recipient and a member of Eileen’s family, among others.

“The award always reminds me of why we are here and why we came into the profession — to care for patients,” said Jan Sherer, RN, BSN, MBA, chief of Patient Care Services.

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