The Structural Empowerment Nursing Excellence award recognizes the professional nurse who promotes and develops strong partnerships with the community to improve patient outcomes and advance the health of the community served. In addition, this nurse supports organizational goals, advances the nursing profession and supports a lifelong learning culture that includes professional collaboration and role development.
The recipient of the 2014 Structural Empowerment Nursing Excellence Award is Senta Thompson. Senta's nominators said, "She is a great role model. I look at all that Senta is accomplishing and know that with hard work and dedication, I can follow in her footsteps. She is such an inspiration to me and so many on our unit."
Senta graduated from Indiana University with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IUPUI and began her career in cardiovascular nursing. Since becoming a St. Mary's nurse in 2011, Senta has dedicated herself to cardiovascular nursing and has worked in the Outpatient Cath Lab and CVICU. She is also the Cardiovascular Clinical Resource Nurse. She is a member of the Education and Professional Development Council, APN Council and serves on many cardiovascular teams and committees.
Senta promotes evidence-based practice to improve clinical outcomes and serves as a resource at the bedside for the cardiovascular service line. Her work on "patient teach-back methodologies for cardiac patients has led the way for the entire hospital as a great teaching-learning strategy." Her peers commented, "Senta empowers all of us to be the best nurses we can be. Senta is certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse and is a frequent presenter at the USI Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conferences. She will graduate in July from the University of Southern Indiana as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
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