The Award for Nurses as Leaders is given to the professional nurse who is a leader at the bedside, within the nursing unit and/or department promoting mutual respect for all members of the health care team. This nurse is viewed as a knowledgeable, strong patient and family advocate with exceptional clinical and critical thinking skills. This nurse is leading and participating in departmental, hospital projects or professional nursing or community organizations.
The 2013 "Nurses as Leaders" Excellence Award was given to Jeremy Coomes. The "Nurses as Leaders" Excellence Award honors a nurse who leads at the bedside and within the nursing unit, while promoting mutual respect for all members of the healthcare team. According to his nominator, "Jeremy is very knowledgeable with a vast range of nursing skills. He is confident and approachable – a great teacher."
Jeremy received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. He began his career at St. Mary's in 2008 as a Student Nurse. Jeremy serves as the day shift charge nurse on 5 South Post-Surgical Unit. As part of this role, he is dealt the tasks of managing the flow of the department, maintaining customer service, staffing, patient room assignments, problem solving, morale boosting and serving as a resource for patients and staff. In addition, Jeremy also serves on the Clinical Practice Council and is a Slipper Sheet Champion and a preceptor.
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