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July 9, 2010 > Four Washington Hospital Nurses Awarded for Dedication to Patient Care

Four Washington Hospital Nurses Awarded for Dedication to Patient Care

Four Washington Hospital nurses were recently awarded Nurse of the Year for their dedication to patient care. Each year Washington Hospital recognizes nurses who are self-motivated role models, promote a positive work environment, and demonstrate clinical skills and expertise. This year's award winners are Anthony Ellis, R.N.; Gina Gholston, R.N.; Katherine Robinson, R.N.; and Joey Schriefer, R.N.

Anthony Ellis, RN, Staff Nurse II, Emergency Department

Ellis started his career at Washington Hospital 10 years ago as an emergency medical technician in the Emergency Department. He earned his nursing degree from the University of San Francisco in 2008, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and two years ago became a staff nurse in the Emergency Department.

"I love working in the emergency room," he said. "You see people in their worst moment and then you have the opportunity to help fix the problem. It's really a team effort. You count on the people you work with, and I work with great people."

Ellis was recognized for his leadership and professionalism. He is also a strong advocate for patient care.

Gina Gholston, RN, Staff Nurse II, 6 West

Gholston has been a nurse at Washington Hospital for 11 years. She works in the surgical unit and serves as a mentor and educator for staff. She is a preceptor for new grads and new hires, teaching new nurses how to work in the unit, and is seen as a role model by her peers. Gholston also served as a clinical instructor for Ohlone College.

"I have a physical need to make a difference in people's lives and help them when they are in pain," she said. "It's also very rewarding to help the new grads. It's very satisfying to see their confidence and skills improve."

Gholston recently received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses from the Daisy Foundation, which recognizes exceptional nurses and raises awareness about the valuable contributions nurses make. She is widely respected by physicians and other nurses for the care she gives patients. Gholston also served as a clinical instructor for Ohlone College.

Katherine Robinson, RN, Staff Nurse III, Birthing Center

Robinson is a dedicated nurse with 17 years experience in maternal health and she currently works in the Hospital's Birthing Center. As a charge nurse, she collaborates with nursing staff, doctors, patients, family members and multidisciplinary units to ensure the optimal birthing experience. She also serves on a number of hospital-wide committees and one of her current projects is to implement a plan to educate nurses regarding roles and responsibilities in the obstetrical operating rooms.

Joey Schriefer RN, Staff Nurse II, Patient Representative

Schriefer said she knew at an early age she wanted to work in health care, and while growing up volunteered at the local community hospital. She started working at Washington Hospital in 1975 as a mental health nurse. Joey was very fond of working with patients and their families, and after the mental health unit closed, she became a psychiatric crisis nurse in the Emergency Department.

In 2002, she became Washington Hospital's Patient Representative, with a focus on helping to improve patient relations. Schriefer is a valuable resource to patients as well as physicians and staff members and she is an integral part of the compliments/complaints program and has served on the Hospital's Bioethics Committee.

"I enjoy being able to help patients and their families through the often complicated medical process," she said. "When someone is in the hospital, it can be a very difficult time for the patient and their family."

Schriefer says she has stayed at Washington Hospital for so long because of its focus on quality.

"Washington Hospital is a leader in quality patient care and cutting edge technology," she said. "It's a great place to work."

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