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Saint Clare's Nurse Recognized with Nursing Excellence Award
Category Winner for Nursing Excellence in Clinical Nursing, Inpatient for NJ/NY Region

DENVILLE, NJ – June 7, 2013 – Saint Clare’s Health System announced that Katie Pierson, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, was selected as the 2013 recipient of the GEM Award for Nursing Excellence in Clinical Care for the New York/New Jersey region of  The award celebrations recognize and celebrate the achievements of dedicated nurses at regional awards galas held throughout the United States, and each will then compete for the national recognition of six special nurses as 2013 Nursing Excellence GEM recipients.

Pierson was selected as the winner for the regional GEM Award for Nursing Excellence in Clinical Nursing, Inpatient, for which the criteria is: an RN who demonstrates superior clinical nursing knowledge and expert skills, and applies both in ways that measurably impact the quality of care and improve patient care outcomes in any inpatient clinical setting or nursing specialty.  Pierson was presented the award at the GEM Awards on June 5, 2013 at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe.

In each region, five nurses in six specialized categories were chosen from the hundreds of nominations received.  The GEM Awards are a way of publicly recognizing excellence in nursing by awarding nurses who were nominated, selected and celebrated by other nurses, and who represent the best of the best in the profession.

The GEM Award (Giving Excellence Meaning) recognizes nurses in several categories, including Advancing and Leading the Profession; Clinical Nursing, Inpatient; Education and Mentorship; Home, Community and Ambulatory Care; Patient and Staff Management; and Volunteerism and Service.

Pierson was also recognized on May 18 as the 2013 recipient of the National Association of Orthopaedic  Nurses (NAON) Outstanding Orthopaedic Nurse Practice Award.  The Outstanding Nurse Practice Award recognizes a NAON member who has provided high quality health care to the orthopaedic patient and has made outstanding contributions over his/her career to the field of orthopaedic nursing.  She was presented the award at the NAON 33rd Annual Congress on May 18 in San Antonio, Texas.

Pierson serves as the Nurse Navigator for Orthopedics at the Center for Joint Replacement at Saint Clare’s Health System.  The Center for Joint Replacement at Saint Clare’s Health System provides comprehensive care that emphasizes education, the latest trends in pain management and surgical techniques and shortest recovery periods. The Center includes a team of highly trained physicians, specialized orthopedic nurse navigators, skilled therapists and support staff dedicated to providing expert, integrated care in a compassionate environment.

The Center for Joint Replacement at Saint Clare’s has also earned the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Certification from The Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacement. The quality certification was awarded by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease specific care, including program management, delivering or facilitating clinical care, supporting self management, clinical information management, and performance measurement.

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