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Eight Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses complete ‘caring advocate’ program

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Eight Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses complete ‘caring advocate’ program
 
Nurses represent St. Anthony Community Hospital, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center & Good Samaritan Home Care
 
WARWICK (April 25) – Eight Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses were saluted April 19 at a graduation ceremony in the chapel at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick.

The nurses had just completed the Bon Secours Charity Health System’s Caring Advocate Education Program (CAEP), an initiative that gives nurses knowledge and skills needed to help themselves and other nurses practice Dr. Jean Watson’s “Theory of Caring and Relationship-Based Care.”

Watson founded the non-profit, Boulder, Colo.-based Watson Caring Science Institute in 2007 with a goal of helping to restore caring and healing to the forefront of nursing practice. Watson's theory – which is made up of 10 “caring processes” – is now practiced by nurses in roughly 300 health care institutions around the world, including Bon Secours Charity Health System hospitals in Warwick, Port Jervis and Suffern.

The CAEP graduates are St. Anthony Community Hospital nurses Janet Bailey of Warwick, Deborah Freeman of Middletown and Jennifer Hogan of Washingtonville; Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center nurses Deborah Hill of Monroe and Gunnel Greenfield of Greenwood Lake; Good Samaritan Home Care nurse Mary Sussman; and Bon Secours Community Hospital nurses Laura Berk of Middletown and Lori Regan of Greentown, Pa.

The new CAEP nurses were mentored for six months by Jo-Ann Robinson, director of professional practice for Bon Secours Charity Health System. Their work and study projects focused on self-care to prevent nurse burnout; developing trusting relationships with patients and coworkers; and creating a caring, healing environment.

“By caring for ourselves as healthcare workers, we can provide better care for our patients,” said graduate Greenfield.

All Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses may apply to participate in the annual program, which will start anew in September.
                                 
About Bon Secours Charity Health System
 
Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.  

The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.
 


Eight registered nurses from St. Anthony Community Hospital, Warwick; Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suffern, were recognized April 19 for completing a Caring Advocate Education Program. The hospitals comprise Bon Secours Charity Health System. The nurse graduates, from left, are Gunnel Greenfield of Greenwood Lake; Janet Bailey of Warwick; Laura Berk of Middletown; Jennifer Hogan of Washingtonville; Deborah Freeman of Middletown; Deborah Hill of Monroe; Mary Sussman of Suffern; and Lori Regan of Greentown, Pa.; and their mentor, nurse Jo-Ann Robinson, Bon Secours Charity Health System’s director of professional practice.
 

Nurse Jennifer Hogan of Washingtonville describes her Caring Advocate course project at a luncheon after the April 19 graduation ceremony in Warwick. Participants each implemented a project incorporating Dr. Jean Watson’s “Theory of Caring and Relationship-Based Care.”
 

Nurse Janet Bailey, a new graduate of the Caring Advocate Education Program, thanks mentor JoAnn Robinson,
Bon Secours Charity Health System’s director of professional practice.



Judy Lindberg, vice president of patient care services at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, welcomes graduates and guests to April 19 ceremony in the Mount Alverno Center chapel.
 


 



 
 
 

 

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