Kenmore Mercy Hospital Celebrates Nurses’ Week with Special Honors

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May 5, 2014

Kenmore Mercy Hospital kicked off National Nurses’ Week, May 6 – 12, by recognizing some of its best nursing staff during a special ceremony.

“All of us at Kenmore Mercy Hospital want to thank our outstanding nursing staff who works tirelessly to ensure the health and welfare of our patients,” said Cheryl Hayes, vice president of Patient Care Services. “We'd like to thank them for their professionalism, their commitment to the highest standards, and their undying dedication to those they serve.”

Held annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. The week ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing. The theme of National Nurses Week 2014 is “Nurses: Leading the Way,” which was designated by the American Nurses Association.

Nancy Chojecki, BSN, MS, RN-BC

Nancy Chojecki, BSN, MS, RN-BC, administrative nursing supervisor, was chosen as the 2014 Nurse of Distinction. She is a strong patient advocate who ensures patient’s concerns are resolved and that all their needs are met. Her influence has helped shape the nursing culture at Kenmore Mercy Hospital providing a calm environment for nurses and patients through her gentle approach. Chojecki, a resident of Buffalo, is also a nursing Instructor at Trocaire College. She has taught her students and her nurses how to graciously and courageously act while going through life’s most difficult moments. She has inspired those around her to always do what is right, provide kindness and understanding to all, listen with empathy, and most of all to care for one another.

Melissa Caldwell, RN, BSN

Melissa Caldwell, RN, BSN, 3 East Patient Care Unit, was chosen as the 2014 Outstanding Staff Nurse. She demonstrates a high level of quality nursing care and serves as a role model for her peers. Caldwell, a resident of Lockport, is currently the chair of the Kenmore Mercy Hospital shared governance committee and influences others by emulating professionalism and promoting teamwork. She also works great with patients and their families. Her calm and caring manner alleviates fears and concerns. She has received many compliments and letters of appreciation from her patients.

Eric Reid, Nursing Attendant

Eric Reid, Emergency Department, was chosen as 2014 Outstanding Nursing Attendant. He has been described by many nurses and medical providers as, “always being there before you need him.” He is alert to what is going on in each room and anticipates the next step which is essential when caring for Emergency Department patients. Reid, a resident of Buffalo, can prioritize and balance many tasks and always find a way to do whatever is asked of him.

Deborah Micholas, RN, BSN

Deborah Micholas, RN, BSN, surgical recovery/orthopedic unit, received the 2014 Nursing Distinguished Preceptor Award from the University at Buffalo School of Nursing. Micholas, a resident of Akron, has been a nurse at Kenmore Mercy Hospital since 2008. She is also a clinical preceptor as part of University at Buffalo’s Dedicated Education Unit at the hospital. She has been described by her students as, “an amazing educator who challenges them to ask important questions. She communicates positive feedback and shares her knowledge to help her students improve.” They look up to her and have said she sets a great example by advocating her patients and handling them with extreme compassion. Deborah was previously awarded the Outstanding Staff Nurse Award by Kenmore Mercy Hospital.