The Leadership of the Behavioral Health Department at Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, are grateful to the nurses who stepped up to go above and beyond their normal responsibilities. They wrote the following tribute to recognize the spirit and teamwork of their nursing staff during this unprecedented time.
In the midst of a pandemic, the Lutheran Behavioral Health Department Nursing staff accepted and took on the extra responsibility to cross train on the medical/surgical units to assist in the event of a surge. This included class time and orienting for up to forty hours. The select nurses who stepped up to the plate know that providing the highest quality of care is a team effort and not just within their department. Most of the nurses who accepted this additional role are BSN or higher educated nurses. They were able to overcome the challenges of another service line and worked to broaden their skills while increasing inter-professional collaboration and ultimately improving patient outcomes. They are the epitome of Year of the Nurse and we are so proud of them.
The Lutheran Hospital Behavioral Health Department nurse heroes (in random order) are:
Written and submitted by:
Sherri Stephens, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager
Roberta Hankey, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager
Laura Staraitis, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager
Monica Bender-Walker, MS, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing