The Administrator of Nursing Excellence Award is designed to recognize nurses in leadership positions within the organization. The award winner fosters and supports a culture of Nursing Excellence, as well as interacts with and contributes to the professional development of peers and colleagues.
The 2016 Administrator of Nursing Excellence Award goes to Darla Plahn. According to her nominators, “Darla is the epitome of a team player. She tirelessly works with many departments to help coordinate the care of the Cardiac patient. At every turn, I see her acting as an advocate for both the patient and the staff. She truly is a servant leader, doing whatever it takes to help St. Mary’s and our patients.”
Darla obtained her Associate of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville in 1977, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville in 1979, Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville in 1994 and Doctor of Public Administration in 2009 from the Doctoral Academy. She started her career with St. Mary’s on the female Medical-Surgical Unit and has transitioned through many parts of the hospital since. Darla has held a variety of roles as a bedside nurse and director on a number of units at St. Mary’s including Medical-Surgical, Cardiac-Telemetry, Diagnostic Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular Lab and Outpatient Cardiology. She is currently the Director of Cardiac Cath Lab & the Cath Lab Observation & Recovery Unit.
One of Darla’s key attributes is her dedication to her patients, staff and the community. Darla is constantly helping to mentor her staff and peers on the best quality of care that can be provided for the cardiac patient. Darla recognizes her staff with personalized thank you notes, emails and provides luncheons for celebrations of Cardiac Month, Nurses Week and Patient-Care Tech Week. Darla is dedicated to the nursing profession with her Nurse Executive Certification. She is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor for the staff. She is active in the community through her church, Race for the Cure, the Alzheimer’s Association and United Way. St. Mary’s Mission, Vision and Values are truly shown through Darla every day.