Date: 6/25/2014

St. Catherine Hospital Nursing Excellence Award Recipient for 2014 is Lisa Luna

St. Catherine Hospital Nursing Excellence Award Recipient for 2014 is Lisa Luna (center). Chief Nursing Officer Paula Swenson (left) and Diane Barrett, RN, Nursing Supervisor, congratulate Luna at a tea on in May to honor nursing staff.

In describing St. Catherine Hospital’s choice for the 2014 Nursing Excellence Award, co-workers agree; Lisa Luna is the picture of nursing excellence. The special award was presented at a Nursing Excellence Tea held in May during National Nurses’ Week.

Peers nominated Luna for this prestigious award based upon key characteristics of nursing excellence - Leadership, Dignity, Compassionate Care, Community, Quality and Stewardship — all attributes that coincide with the hospital’s mission and values.

According to her nomination, Luna “goes above and beyond to see that patients receive the most compassionate care and makes sure family members are comfortable and have every need met while their loved ones are in her care.”

Nurse Manager of 5 West Diane Barrett, RN explains that Luna has extraordinary leadership skills, serves as a role model to other nurses and consistently goes above and beyond to meet patient expectations.

“Luna is a catalyst for compassionate care throughout the unit,” Barrett said. “She has a huge heart for people and as a leader, she makes herself available to staff at all hours without hesitation. She is solution driven and a critical part of the team,” she said.

Luna has been a part of the St. Catherine Hospital family for the past 28 years. Currently she is the charge nurse on 5 West taking care of medical/surgical (specialty in orthopedics) patients and their families.

She is a mentor to other nurses and shares her insight and expertise with staff and works hard to maintain a professional and evidence-based approach to the care of the patients.

One of her nominees stated, “As a new nurse many years ago, Luna served as a role model to me. She gives her patients very good care, has great time management skills and is a critical thinker and problem solver.”

One of many examples of how Luna goes above and beyond to help others, is that during this past brutal winter, she noticed a co-worker’s tire was flat. Luna was out in the cold for some time trying to repair it before the worker got off of her shift. She is also known to be very generous and giving, making donations and contributions and often bringing in clothes and other items for coworkers and patients.

According to her nomination, it is Luna’s character that makes her stand out among the best. “Who does not know Lisa here at St. Catherine Hospital?” “She is the glue that holds this unit together. She works consistently each and every day to keep this large unit organized, running well and productive, always making patient care the top priority.”

“St. Catherine Hospital has been a blessed institution with Luna as a part of our extended family here,” said Paula Swenson, chief nursing officer/patient care services for the hospital. “She is an exceptional person with a huge heart and an excellent nurse.”