The Exemplary Professional Practice Award honors the professional nurse who is an expert clinician who practices autonomously and consistently with professional standards of care. The award winner promotes the professional role of the nurse including capability, accountability, authority and responsibility for one's own practice.
The recipient of the 2016 Exemplary Professional Practice Nursing Excellence Award is Sarah Greer. Sarah's nominators commented, "She practices according to the evidence, advocates for her patients and is a unit leader. She is respected by her peers, physicians and Critical Care leadership. Sarah is a very caring and compassionate nurse. She takes care of her patients in a non-judgmental manner, despite the challenges they may present."
Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana in 2011. She worked as a student extern on 5 Central Cardiac Telemetry and transitioned to the Intensive Care Unit after graduation. Quickly after eligibility, Sarah obtained her Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification. Sarah is a member of many councils within the hospital, including chair-elect of the Clinical Practice Shared Governance Council, Critical Care Service Line, Nursing Alliance Council, co-chair of the Patient Flow Project and is a Nursing Clinical Ladder Representative. She achieved a Level IV on the Nursing Clinical Ladder in 2015.
Sarah often volunteers to participate on projects aimed at improving patient care. Serving on the Emergency Response Team within the hospital allows her to provide her excellent critical care knowledge in emergent situations. She is a member of the preceptor training program, which is an asset for all Nurse Residents and students during clinical opportunities. Her nominators commented, "I admire Sarah for her growth and accomplishments over the few years that she has been a nurse in the ICU."