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Seven Bon Secours Charity Health System Nurses and One Holistic Health Practitioner Complete ‘Caring Advocate’ Program

Graduation held at Mount Alverno Center

WARWICK (April 30) – On Wednesday, April 30, six of seven Registered Nurses and one Holistic Health Practitioner, all serving in Orange and Rockland County hospitals that form the Bon Secours Charity Health System, participated in a graduation ceremony held in the chapel at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY.

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.

The graduates had just successfully completed The Bon Secours Health System Inc. Caring Advocate Education Program, a system-wide educational initiative to prepare them with knowledge, experience and practice skills rated to a Professional Practice Model that emphasizes Dr. Jean Watson’s Theory of Caring and Relationship-Based Care.

In 2007 Dr. Jean Watson founded the international nonprofit Watson Caring Science Institute with the mission to restore the profound nature of caring-healing in today’s healthcare systems and to retain its most precious resource, caring professional nurses and transdisciplinary care team members.

Dr. Watson's Theory of Human Caring (Caritas) is now used in approximately 300 health care institutions in the United States and other institutions worldwide. And the Bon Secours Charity Health System is committed to the adoption of her Theory of Human Caring and the “Caritas” philosophy.

The recent graduates are St. Anthony Community Hospital Registered Nurse Claudia VanRaamsdonk, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Donna Regan, Registered Nurses Sandy Gomas and Carol Tunney of Schervier Pavilion skilled nursing facility; Regina Stafford and Catherine Hood of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Orange County Nurse Manager Maureen Donnelly and Holistic Health Practitioner Karen Dalton of St. Anthony Community Hospital.  

The new Caring Advocate Education Program nurses were mentored for six months by Janet Bailey, Joie Ogrodnick, Kathy Guerra and Gunnel Greenfield. 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.

“The Caring Advocate Program,” said graduate Maureen Donnelly, MSN, RN, information nurse manager Orange County, “allows us to discern the Dr. Jean Watson theory and bring the caring concept to the nurses and patients at the bedside.”
 
Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses are invited to apply and to be part of this annual program, which will begin in September.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Every year, nearly one million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania turn to Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) for innovative healthcare delivered with compassion. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides.

BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the region’s largest employers

Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of nearly 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.

BSCHS is a member of the Bon Secours Health System—a national Catholic healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information, visit www.BSCHS.BonSecours.com. For a complete list of practitioners, visit http://bschs.org/find-a-physician-bon-secours-medical-group.html

                                 

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1.    On Wednesday, April 30, six of seven Registered Nurses and one Holistic Health Practitioner, all serving in Orange and Rockland County hospitals that form the Bon Secours Charity Health System, participated in a graduation ceremony held in the chapel at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY. From left,  Sandy Gomas BSN, RN - Clinical Manager, Schervier Pavilion; • Karen Dalton Holistic Health Practitioner, AADP - Transporter, SACH – Medical Surgical Unit; Maureen Donnelly MSN, RN – Informatics Nurse Manager, Orange County; Carol Tunney, RN – Director of Nursing, Schervier Pavilion; Claudia VanRaamsdonk RN, SACH – Ambulatory Surgery; Regina Stafford DNP, NE, RN, CHFR – Clinical Director ICU, BSCH; and Catherine Hood RN, BSCH - Mental Health Unit.
Not available for the photo: Donna Reagan RN-C, GSRMC - Maternal Newborn Health.


2.    On Wednesday, April 30, six of seven Registered Nurses and one Holistic Health Practitioner, all serving in Orange and Rockland County hospitals that form the Bon Secours Charity Health System, participated in a graduation ceremony held in the chapel at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY. Pictured with administrators, mentors and program assistants from left, Joie Ogrodnick BS, RN, CEN – ConnectCare Educator, Orange County; Janet Bailey MSN, MBA, RN – Clinical Director Emergency Department, BSCH; Sandy Gomas BSN, RN - Clinical Manager, Schervier Pavilion; Karen Dalton Holistic Health Practitioner, AADP - Transporter, SACH – Medical Surgical Unit; Maureen Donnelly MSN, RN – Informatics Nurse Manager, Orange County; Carol Tunney, RN – Director of Nursing, Schervier Pavilion; Claudia VanRaamsdonk RN, SACH – Ambulatory Surgery; Regina Stafford DNP, NE, RN, CHFR – Clinical Director ICU, BSCH; Judy Lindberg BSN, MPH, RN – VP of Patient Care Services, SACH; Catherine Hood RN, BSCH – Mental Health Unit; Kathy Guerra, RN-C, BSCH – Mental Health Unit; Eileen Dobbing BSN, MBA, RN, Senior VP of  Patient Care Services/CNO, Bon Secours Charity Health System –GSRMC; Jenny Quinn MSN, RN CHFR, SACH – ICU and Gunnel Greenfield, RN-C, GSRMC – Maternal Newborn Health.


3.    Caritas Coach Kathleen Guerra, RN, pins graduate Sandy Gomas BSN, RN. Caritas Coach Jenny Quinn will present a candle for the candle lighting ceremony. All graduates were awarded special pins.


5.    Catherine Hood ,RN, describes her project at a luncheon held after the graduation ceremony. Each participant implemented a unit-based project that incorporated Dr. Watson’s theory and/or Relationship-Based Care.


6.    Maureen Donnelly MSN, RN, Informatics Nurse Manager, Orange County, describes her ConnectCare project.

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