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Seven Bon Secours Charity Health System Nurses Complete ‘Caring Advocate’ Program

Graduation held at Mount Alverno Center

WARWICK (April 21) – On Thursday, April 18, seven Registered Nurses, 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 graduate nurses had just successfully completed The Bon Secours Health System Inc. Caring Advocate Education Program, a system-wide educational initiative to prepare nurses with knowledge, experience and practice skills rated to a Nursing 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 Nurses Pauline LaBella, Kimberly Connelly, Lynn Hickey and Anita Sultana along with Heather McManus of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; Carol Heaney of Bon Secours Community Hospital and Peg Palermo of Schervier Pavilion skilled nursing facility.  

The new Caring Advocate Education Program 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.

“This wonderful program validates what we do as nurses,” said Caring Advocate graduate Anita
Sultana, RN, Nurse Manager Medical-Surgical unit at St. Anthony Community Hospital. “It will help us to continue proving excellent care for our patients.”

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

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.



1.    On Thursday, April 18, seven Registered Nurses, 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, Pauline LaBella, RN, Staff Nurse Medical-Surgical Nursing Unit-St. AnthonyCommunity Hospital; Peg Palermo, RN- Director of Quality & Education, Schervier Pavilion, Heather McManus, RN- Staff Nurse Labor & Delivery, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; Lynn Hickey, RN- Staff Nurse Same Day Surgery St. Anthony Community Hospital, Kimberly Connelly, RN- Staff Nurse Labor & Delivery St. Anthony Community Hospital; Carol Heaney, RN-Staff Nurse New Directions unit Bon Secours Community Hospital and Anita Sultana, RN-Nurse Manager Medical-Surgical unit St. Anthony Community Hospital.



2.    On Thursday, April 18, seven Registered Nurses, 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 their mentors from left, Kathleen Guerra, RN Staff Nurse Behavioral Health- Bon Secours Community Hospital; Jo-Ann Robinson, DNP, APN-BC, RN-BC, System Director for Professional Practice, Magnet (Caring Advocate Program Coordinator)Pauline LaBella, RN, Staff Nurse Medical-Surgical Nursing Unit-St. Anthony Community Hospital; Peg Palermo, RN- Director of Quality & Education, Schervier Pavilion; Heather McManus, RN- Staff Nurse Labor & Delivery, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; Lynn Hickey, RN- Staff Nurse Same Day Surgery St. Anthony Community Hospital, Kimberly Connelly, RN- Staff Nurse Labor & Delivery St. Anthony Community Hospital; Gunnel Greenfield, RN Staff Nurse Labor & Delivery Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; Carol Heaney, RN-Staff Nurse New Directions unit Bon Secours Community Hospital; Anita Sultana, RN-Nurse Manager Medical-Surgical unit St. Anthony Community Hospital; Joie Ogrodnick, RN Nurse Manager Emergency Room St. Anthony Community Hospital and Janet Bailey, RN, MSN Clinical Educator St. Anthony Community Hospital(Caring Advocate Program Co-Coordinator).


3. Program Mentor Jo-Ann Robinson, DNP, RNC-BC, APN, C, director of Professional Practice and Magnet, introduced and congratulated the new graduates.


4.    Judy Lindberg, vice president Patient Care Services at St. Anthony Community Hospital, welcomed graduates and guests


5.    Caritas Coach Kathleen Guerra, RN, pins graduate Pauline LaBella, RN. All graduates were awarded special pins during the ceremony.


6.    Anita Sultana, 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.
 

 

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