Wednesday, May 09, 2018
WALLINGFORD, CONN. (May 7, 2018)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare proudly announces that five of its nurses, Breanna Begnal, RN, MSN; Beth Hyde, RN, BSN; June Napolitano, RN, BSN; Nancy Patel, RN, ... read more
WALLINGFORD, CONN. (May 7, 2018)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare proudly announces that five of its nurses, Breanna Begnal, RN, MSN; Beth Hyde, RN, BSN; June Napolitano, RN, BSN; Nancy Patel, RN, BSN; and Keri Saxton, RN, ASN have been honored with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing at a recent gala celebration at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.
The Nightingale Award is one of Connecticut’s most prestigious nursing honors and was created to celebrate outstanding nursing professionals and elevate the profession in the state of Connecticut. The Gaylord honorees were among xx I am finding this number as we speak exceptional nurses from Greater New Haven health care organizations who received the honor.
Breanna Begnal, RN, BSN of Watertown is a team leader who goes above and beyond as a registered nurse. She is committed to serving on committees that seek to improve patient safety and create positive clinical outcomes. Breanna is an enthusiastic teacher to nursing students, an invaluable asset to training new nurses, and a mentor to all of her coworkers.
One colleague said that Breanna “displays qualities of a Nightingale nurse in her bedside care. She always exhibits an optimistic attitude while holding herself to a high standard of nursing. Her leadership is motivating to others."
Wallingford resident Beth Hyde, RN, BSN is described as a bright and enthusiastic charge nurse and per-diem nurse supervisor whose exemplary skills, positive attitude and open mind make her a great asset to Gaylord. Beth is one of the organization’s safety coaches and a valued member of the Patient Safety Committee. She frequently mentors and precepts new nurses and inspires cohesiveness and teamwork on her unit.
“Beth goes above and beyond to make sure her patients are cared for with the highest quality of care. She often gets recognized by patients and families for her encouraging and supportive attitude, excellent services, knowledge, professionalism, and for addressing their concerns,” said one colleague. “As a charge nurse, Beth handles stressful situations with a calm and positive attitude. She makes wise clinical and professional decisions, and she is an inspiration to other nurses.”
Meriden resident June Napolitano, RN, BSN, began working for Gaylord in her teens as a CNA and continued to develop herself professionally over the years. June holds several roles at Gaylord and her exceptional skills make her a sought-after mentor and role model. She is skilled in PICC line placements, which comes in handy in many situations. As the Nurse Supervisor on night shift, June is a great clinical resource person, handling emergency and stressful situations calmly and effectively. Her outstanding clinical judgement and critical thinking skills have prevented several unnecessary patients' transfers to acute care hospitals on the night shift.
Her peers describe June as a compassionate, intelligent and versatile clinician who stays positive on even the most challenging days. “She consistently strives to keep her patients and the whole organization safe,” they explained, “and she is always ready to save the day.”
Nancy Patel, RN, BSN of West Haven is a skilled clinician who joined Gaylord Hospital as a student intern nurse in 2013 and has gone on to complete an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree and will soon receive her
APRN training at Quinnipiac University. Nancy has been an active participant in a project to reduce stroke patient falls and has spent many hours preparing education materials for her unit. Nancy is also a preceptor for new nurses, is active in Gaylord’s career ladder program and has recently taken on the role of Per Diem Nursing Supervisor. She teaches at the hospital’s annual skills validation day and has demonstrated her commitment to providing excellent patient care by completing an intensive Chemotherapy/Biotherapy administration course.
Keri Saxton, RN, ASN of New Haven is a team leader recognized for her expertise and for her dedicated, relentless advocacy for the complex medical patients on her unit. She began working at Gaylord Hospital 14 years ago as an LPN before successfully obtaining her RN degree.
Her peers explained, “Keri demonstrates compassion not only for her patients and their families but also for her colleagues. She brings clothes, toys, books and other items for her colleagues’ children year after year. Any time fellow nurses need assistance with a situation or just need help with an IV placement, Keri is there without complaint. Keri is respected by fellow RN’s, CNA’s, therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals. She has grown to become a great leader and a respected role model for many new staff members. Keri genuinely loves what she does and it always shows in her work.”
About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a 137-bed non-profit specialty hospital, also known as a long-term acute care hospital, specializing in medical management and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced an acute illness or a traumatic accident. Gaylord treats individuals who need care and rehabilitation for illness or injury related to the brain and nervous system, spine, bones and joints, and lungs and other conditions through both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. The hospital is located at 50 Gaylord Farm Road in Wallingford, Conn.