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Advocate Condell Announces 2013 Nursing Award Winners

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  • Nominated nurses gather at Advocate Condell's annual award ceremony during National Nurses Week.

    Nominated nurses gather at Advocate Condell's annual award ceremony during National Nurses Week.

Kellee Lemcke

During this year's National Nurses Week, Advocate Condell recognized five members of its nursing staff for their outstanding work.

"We are so proud of all of our nurses and love to celebrate them, especially during Nurses Week," said Mary Hillard, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Advocate Condell. "These five nurses are truly committed to our Behaviors of Excellence, and really raised the bar this past year."

Twenty-four nurses were nominated for the annual awards, and five were selected for living out Advocate's Behaviors of Excellence through exemplifying what it means to be Accountable, Collaborative, Professional, Respectful and Responsive.

The five nurses--from Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lakemoor and Island Lake--honored at this year's ceremony were:

• Be Accountable: Corina Constantinescu, Emergency Department. The Mundelein resident was applauded for being "deeply involved in the operations of the Emergency Department." Whether representing the hospital at an activity or taking the lead on a new program, "she is always seeking new knowledge which she then shares with the rest of the ER staff."

• Be Collaborative: Jennifer Johnson, Obstetrics. Described as an "active participant on many committees", the Lakemoor resident was praised as someone who "not only collaborates, coordinates and works in the trenches, but also continually raises up those around her."

• Be Professional: Kim Vander Ploeg, Clinical Education. Noted for her enthusiasm for teaching, the Mundelein resident was lauded for "consistently striving to meet the needs of the units she covers, whether it is by making daily rounds, meeting with managers or setting up 'boot camps' for nurses requiring more education."

• Be Respectful: Elizabeth Sebastian, Operating Room Admitting Department. Praised for communicating with "each patient and family in ways they can understand", the Vernon Hills resident was recognized for taking the time to ensure "patients understand their post-operative instructions, no matter how long it might take."

• Be Responsive: Andrea Herrick, Outpatient Infusion Center. Described by a patient as a "smiling, caring and welcoming nurse", the Island Lake resident was acknowledged for attending to those she treats "quickly and completely" while ensuring "every question is thoroughly answered."