Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, announced recently that Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) Registered nurses Kim DeSanctis, RN, and Shannon Nassa, RN, IBCLC, have obtained the status of Clinical Nurse III in the Nursing Advancement Program at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH).
The Nursing Advancement Program was established to enhance professional growth and development, recognize achievement and hard work, and to retain qualified nursing staff. Level III Clinical Nurses are considered proficient in their profession and assume leadership responsibilities in their departments and units. These nurses demonstrate excellent clinical practice by recognizing significant aspects of situations and quickly identifying problems and solutions. They are a resource to their peers and also demonstrate competence in more than one nursing department.
DeSanctis has been employed at Stephens Memorial Hospital on the Medical/Surgical department since 2004, she earned her nursing degree from Central Maine Technical College and is currently pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing degree from USM. Kim participates in the Nursing Clinical Advancement Council. Nassa has worked at Stephens Memorial Hospital in the Family Birthplace since 2008. Shannon received both her RN and her BSN degrees from the University of New England. Shannon is also a board certified lactation consultant.
Registered nurse Leah Frechette has continued the status of Clinical Nurse III in the program. Leah has been a Level III since February of 2006. To be continued, each Level III nurse has to participate in continuing education programs in their specialty, participate in committees and act as a role model to peers. Leah's special contributions are in computerized nursing documentation and precepting.
Cook notes, "each of these nurses goes beyond their job description. Examples of this include: developing new processes or procedures that will improve care at SMH, sharing their knowledge and skills with others on a daily basis, continuously improving themselves and their patient care by using evidence based practice, and providing new nurses with a clinical orientation tailored to their needs. Level III status recognizes their special efforts and contributions.