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Congratulations to the 2011 Clinical Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Rush Oak Park Hospital will honor nurses and award winners during Nurses Week celebrations, May 8 - 14.

Oak Park, IL (May 4, 2011) — Rush Oak Park Hospital is proud to present its 2011 Clinical Nursing Excellence Awards to Margie Par, RN, nurse in the ICU; Kenya Grinstead, patient care technician in the ICU; and Linda Liddell, emergency room technician:

Margie Par has worked in the ICU for 10 years and in health care since 1989. Recently she was certified as a critical care registered nurse (CCRN) through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

“I love the challenge of the ICU,” she says. “The most rewarding thing is seeing the patient get better, get out of the ICU in good condition, ready for rehab, going to the floor, and ready to go home.”

On her unit, Par often assumes the roles of charge nurse and preceptor. She also sits on the ICU advisory committee and the hospital’s documentation committee. Coworkers commended Par for her leadership, knowledge and experience, and nominated her for being “a good role model for peer to peer conflict resolution,” and for being “empathic and caring to all patients and their families.”

In June, Kenya Grinstead will celebrate her 11th anniversary in the ICU. Coworkers nominated Grinstead for being hard-working, knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. She is a leader in her unit’s safe patient handling initiative and steps up in tense situations.

Grinstead says she likes working in the ICU because it allows her to see and do things she couldn’t do on other units. In addition, she loves her team. “Regardless of my title, they trust me,” she says. “I thank them for that.”

This is the second time that Linda Liddell has been honored with the hospital’s annual award. In 2008, she was one of the first technicians to receive the award. This year Liddell again was nominated for her excellent care, compassion and professionalism. Nursing staff and physicians in the Emergency Department said she “anticipates the needs of patients, families and coworkers,” and that they “would be lost without her in the department.”

Liddell has worked in the Emergency Department for 17 years. “I like the ER because you can tell right away when the patient feels better,” she says. “Plus, I have a good ER team. It makes a big difference who you’re working with.”

Congratulations to the award winners and to members of the nursing staff who recently have earned certifications through their national professional organizations. Thank you to the entire nursing staff at Rush Oak Park Hospital for your dedicated care.

For more information, please contact Emily Dagostino in Marketing and Communications at 708-660-3644.