Winners will be announced in Hershey on Oct. 12
Anita Haines, L.P.N.
Stephanie McKoin, R.N.
For nearly two decades, the non-profit Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania have recognized outstanding nurses throughout the Commonwealth.
This year’s finalists include two WellSpan nurses—Stephanie McKoin, R.N., from York Hospital and Anita Haines, L.P.N., from Gettysburg.
McKoin chose nursing as a profession because it combined her passion for the sciences with a desire to make a difference in people’s lives.
During her 27-year career, McKoin has worked in many different environments, including the operating room, critical care and recovery. She joined York Hospital in 2003.
As clinical director of perioperative services, McKoin no longer has the direct patient contact she once did. She views her role now as that of enabling others to provide the best care possible.
“As leaders, we try to create an environment in which people feel they can do their best,” she said. “They need to know that we’re going to support them unconditionally in the pursuit of great patient outcomes.”
McKoin’s co-workers agree. When nominating her, they noted that Stephanie “continually looks for ways to improve both staff and physician satisfaction, which she believes will result in better care for patients and families.”
In addition to the Nursing Administration award for which McKoin is a finalist, the Nightingale foundation also presents awards for five other categories: Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Practice RN, Clinical Practice LPN, Nursing Research, and Nursing Education.
Anita Haines spent 30 years at Gettysburg Hospital before moving to Gettysburg Ambulatory Surgical Center in July. She is a finalist for the Clinical Practice LPN award.
“This is probably the highlight of my nursing career,” she said. “I truly feel that the recognition should go to my co-workers in Critical Care, because they really molded me into the nurse I am today.”
As a child, Haines accompanied her mother on visits to care for an elderly neighbor. The experience sparked her interest in nursing.
“When you get a nice response from a family or a patient, that’s the most rewarding part of the job,” she said.
McKoin and Haines will be honored at the 2007 Nightingale Awards Gala, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey. The award winners for each category will be announced at that event.
To obtain nomination details for the 2008 Nightingale Awards, call 717-909-0350.