GMH Nurses recognized among top 100 nurses in SC
Friday, February 24, 2006
Georgetown, SC - Carlette Stewart, RN, BSN, MSN, Clinical Director of ICU/SDU, and Kendra Newman, RN, in ICU/SDU, both from Georgetown Memorial Hospital, have been recognized for excellence in practice with the honored Palmetto Gold Award by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation, Inc. This designation is presented for excellence in nursing practices and commitment to profession. Ms. Stewart and Ms. Newman will be honored during the Palmetto Gold Gala this April in Columbia, SC and their contributions will be highlighted throughout the year on the Palmetto Gold website.
“It is an honor to be nominated by my peers,” said Stewart, whose career at GMH began in 1989, “I knew early on that ER/Trauma and critical care inspired me most.” Presently, Stewart has twenty-four hour accountability for the critical care unit and serves as facilitator of the Ethics Committee and Critical Care Committee at GMH. She serves as a Basic Life Saving (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor; and an End of Life Nursing Education Consortium trainer. She is also a local and national member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and held various offices including Vice President and President. Ms. Stewart is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). As a member of the South Carolina Nurse Executive Committee (SCONE), Stewart serves on the Nursing Practice and Standards Committee for State Board as a SCONE Representative.
Ms. Stewart’s passion for the nursing profession is also evident in her commitment to the community. She serves as a sponsor for The Futures in Health Careers of South Carolina program, which helps to stimulate interest in health care careers for high school students.
Ms. Newman started at Georgetown Memorial Hospital in 1993 and quickly moved into nursing. “As a parent of a special needs child, I was inspired to help others,” says Newman, “Receiving this award (Palmetto Award) makes me feel good because you know what you do is important and now you know that others recognize your efforts.” Newman serves as a charge nurse in the critical care setting at GMH. She participates on the Critical Care Education Committee and serves as a preceptor for newly hired nurses. Ms. Newman currently serves on the Stakeholders Advisory Board in Columbia through a grant to study the service delivery system. She is a member of the Americans for Retarded Citizens (ARC) and attended Partners in Policy Making class for parents of children with special needs and disabilities. She also serves as an advocate of Baby Net, a state funded program for early intervention to test and provide services to children with special needs. She formed Low Country Connections, a support group for parents with special need children and is a Family Partner with Family Connections of South Carolina.
The South Carolina Nurses Foundation began the Palmetto Gold award and scholarship recognition program in 2002. The program was formed to showcase the valuable contributions nurses make to patient care in our state and raising funds to endow scholarships for registered nurse students are the purpose of this organization. Established in 1974, SCNF is one of the oldest nursing endowments in the country and continues in it charitable, scientific, literary and educational role. This program offers nurse employers across the state the opportunity to nominate outstanding nurses.