Dedication to profession brings Nightingale awards to Oakwood Nurses

A dedication to the tradition and foundation of nursing earned two Oakwood staff nurses a 2013 Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence.

Ann Marie Bradley, RN, BSN, who has worked with Oakwood Healthcare for 18 years, won the award in the Staff Nurse Category, and Karen Hughes, a 14-year employee, was a runner up in that same category. The Awards are given out in celebration of National Nurse Week by the Oakland University School of Nursing.
The awards, now in their 25th year, recognize exemplary nurses and achievements within the nursing profession.

“I was honored and floored at the same time,” said Bradley, who works in the intermediate cardiac care unit at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. “It’s such an honor to be nominated and recognized by your peers.”

Bradley has been a member of the Oakwood Clinical Practice Council since 1998 and currently chairs that board, which is dedicated to making improvements that result in better patient care.

“There are things everyone can do every day to improve the care we provide,” said Bradley, who has received a Nursing Excellence Award for Evidence Based Practice for her achievements over the years with the CPC. Bradley followed her mother into the nursing field; she was a labor and delivery nurse for Oakwood.
As Bradley strives to make improvements to her profession, she also works to help the lives of members of the community. She volunteers monthly at the Cabrini Clinic in Detroit, and says that has added additional meaning to the work she does at Oakwood.

“It enhances what it is you do. There’s a sense of purpose to what you’re doing here because you’re able to take those same gifts and take them downtown,” she said. “I think professional excellence is not only what you do with your profession while you work, but also what you do for your community and people around you. Community service and giving yourself to others—that’s why we’re all here.”

Bradley credits her manager, Sue Schulz, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, CNML, with being flexible enough to allow her to work with the CPC and encouraging her to grow in both clinical expertise and in her leadership role.

“Without her, I’d never be able to do it,” she said.

Hughes, the assistant clinical manager of the progressive care unit at OHMC, was honored in part for her efforts to start up the Nurse Honor Guard at Oakwood. The nurse honor guard performs tributes at the funerals of nurse or retired nurses who pass away to show respect for all they’ve given during their careers. A certified Sex Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), she works with First Step to help victims of domestic assault, as well.

She said her role as assistant clinical manager provides the perfect balance for her career.

“I am still helping patients, but I get to work with my staff, too,” she said. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

CUTLINES: Ann Marie Bradley (above) said she appreciates the opportunity to give back to her profession and the community at large.
Below: Karen Hughes (right), RN, WCC said she enjoys her role at Oakwood, where she helps clinical manager Edith English (left) and still provides plenty of time with her patients.