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Friday, July 9, 2010 - SJH Nurse Receives Recognition from National Nursing Organization

Lisa Barker, R.N., C.M.S.R.N., Vineland, NJ (June 23) – A South Jersey Healthcare nurse was recently honored with a Nursing Excellence Award from Nursing Spectrum magazine, an honor which only 6 nurses from the Philadelphia and Tri-State area received. 

A total 30 nurses from the region were selected as finalists for awards being given out in six categories.  The winners will advance to the National Nursing Excellence Competition.

Lisa Barker, R.N., C.M.S.R.N., a staff nurse at SJH Elmer Hospital, was awarded in the area of Clinical Care.  This honor recognizes RNs who are a positive role model and an inspiring representative of nursing in settings where often nurses are not present. These nurses also represent the contributions of nursing research and practice in multi-professional and multi-disciplinary settings.

Barker is the leader of SJH’s Unit-Based Practice Council.  Here is where she has put her passions into action and developed several initiatives which have boosted patient outcomes and improved staff satisfaction.  She has also laid the groundwork for a nursing research study.  After receiving grant funding from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the institutional review board approved the study which is now under way.

The Nursing Spectrum’s Excellence Awards has been recognizing the extraordinary contributions nurses make to their patients, each other, and the profession for more than a decade.  The nominees include staff nurses, nursing educators, vice presidents as well as CNEs.  No matter what their role or the nursing setting, these nurses have found ways to raise the bar for their peers and the quality of life of their patients.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.